Here is an example of a basic journal assignment:
Short writing assignments for a personal journal will be required for all readings. Additional assignments will be given frequently in class and for homework throughout the semester. In addition, it must be kept up to date. You may be asked to read journal entries for the class. Consequently, your journal must be brought to every class.
Journal writings will not be graded for quality as a paper would be. If you have completed all assigned journal entries in a sincere manner, you will receive full credit for the journal in your final grade. That credit will be lessened only if you are lacking certain journal entries, or your entries are unacceptably brief or intentionally do not address the topic. The journal will not be judged negatively for unintentional errors in writing or punctuation. In other words, the journal is one place where a better writer will not necessarily get a better grade. The journal rewards effort and participation. It provides an opportunity to succeed no matter where you are starting from if you sincerely dedicate yourself.