to help you better complete your first journal assignment. Generally speaking, a critical reading journal allows you to express your own critical perspective on, or response to, a primary text (such as The Iliad) or a work of critical reference (such as The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours by Gregory Nagy).
Your journal is NOT a mere summary of a primary text or reference work but a diary kept by you as a critical thinker and critical reader. It doesn’t need a formal argumentative structure required of a research paper. It is a free yet coherent flow of your critical thought accompanying the reading process.