Journals (ISP #1)

Your journal (worth 5% of your final grade) is one entry on the class blog

The purpose of the ISP is:

  • To increase student awareness of current economic issues.
  • To improve critical reading skills.
  • To improve critical thinking skills.
  • To improve writing skills.


You will be provided with a journal prompt, one or two follow-up questions and some background resources.  You are required to write a response to the question.  There will be at least 4 prompts available.

I’m not concerned with length but with the quality of your answer.  This is not an essay.  A blog post is more like an opinion column in a newspaper.  You are expected to have an opinion and to be able to back up that opinion with factual evidence and reasoned judgment.  See the rubric for specific expectations.

Feel free to reference outside sources, providing excerpts of the material and links to the original, to help support your arguments. Further research may or may not be necessary.  You are free to edit your post for clarity, to improve your arguments or to correct spelling and grammar mistakes at any time up to the cut-off date.

You must provide links to the original source of any statistic or fact that you found from a source.

Humour and images are permitted but keep the tone, language and image selection appropriate for a school setting.

Here is a post on what makes a great blog post.




Due Date: Wednesday, April 5th at the start of class.

Practical Considerations

Journals are blog posts on the class blog.  Each journal is a separate post. Be sure to include the appropriate categories and tags for your post.

Please remember that your fellow classmates are depending on your comments to improve their work.  Please do not leave all your comments to the end of the semester.