Guidelines and Instructions
After the due date/time for the individual response, return to the discussion
board to begin the Sharing Circle. You'll begin this by taking the time to
carefully read and consider each of your peers' Individual Responses. The
specific questions and guidelines for participating in the SC are listed below.
All SC posts must follow these guidelines:
Create one SC post for each peer in your group
Will focus on the specific questions provided
Will be about 100 words in length
Will be a response that is thoughtful, respectful, but challenging
Upload the reaction posts by replying to each peer’s Individual Response
As a classroom courtesy and to work toward earning full credit for the Writing
Circle, take some time at the very end of the week to give short replies of
acknowledgement and thanks to your peers who have posted to your
individual response and joined you in conversation.
Writing Circle Prompt
Read the Individual Responses of those in your peer group.
Reading others’ writing often leads us to ask questions. What point does
your peer make that raises a question for you? Address that question with
your peer. As part of your conversation, discuss possible answers to the
question that may lead to a better understanding of the topic of the assigned
Discuss briefly in your conversation one idea in your individual response
that differs from the ideas of your peer.
In the post-apocalyptic period, I believed that there were peaceful moments
and the people had the love towards one another except for the intruders who
infringed into the rights of the others (Artwood, 210). The post-apocalyptic era
is understood as a period where people embraced civilization with maturity
and love for the human race (Wells, 170). There are elements of development
and focus on technological advancement based on the worldview of the postapocalyptic period.
The readings made me understand that the people were not as peaceful as
perceived in the era. The post-apocalyptic era was characterized by poor
compliance to the law and the love between the individuals was lost leading to
the callous acts (McCarthy, 112). Some of the major issues which arose in the
post-apocalyptic era were the reduced criminal offenses of the law and the
systems of peace and integrity. The making of weapons such as firearms and
nuclear bombs which were used to attack the people in the Northern
hemisphere was an indication of the loss of love towards one another (Shute,
250). Some of the issues include starvation and insecurity after World War III.
The cataclysms which were present in the post-apocalyptic era resulted in the
reduction in the peace and comfort on the earth surface.
The most critical reading which made me change my perception was “The
Road” by Cormac McCarthy which depicted the meaning of suffering in the
post-apocalyptic era (McCarthy, 99). The father and the son had a difficult time
amidst challenges and his wife committed suicide in fear of the unknown after
a few and predictable atrocities which they underwent in the situations.
I will approach the discussions about the change in culture and shift in
paradigms by incorporating quality in the argument and the process of
understanding what occurred after the world wars. The inventions in the postapocalyptic period led to challenges instead of positive changes which could be
constructive. The paradigm shift is supposed to be viewed as it occurs rather
than the traditional perspective which was based on a fallacy.
My classmate’s discussion:
I really enjoyed interacting with the course this semester because it was very
interesting, inspiring and eye opening. The course was about apocalyptic
culture and I got to read a bunch of wonderful books. I didn’t know much
about active reading before. I did read books and enjoyed them but after the
article I found myself reading many other books and it made all the differences.
I never really thought that I even reading a book in a different way would have
any effect on making the reading experience better and that was definitely
Before this course, I never really reached out to apocalyptic fiction to read. I
think I was avoiding those types of books because of a belief that the content in
these types of books were disturbing, sad, full of misery and that too with a sad
Ending. I found that to be true but while reading I also noticed that it wasn’t
just that. All the books I read were exceptionally well written and interesting.
They carried so many morals and sentiments in them. These stories somehow
reflected our reality and how we’ve been avoiding the possibilities of our
carelessness. Even though endings were the thing about the storyline and what
suited it better but I found myself feeling good in every ending because it felt
like the only good option to me.
In this course as I said I loved reading the material that was provided. There
were new vocabularies to learn from and because it was so well written I got
an idea about a good, cohesive writing pattern. The critical analysis part was
my personal favourite. I got to look at the stories from my own perspective and
give my opinion about a certain scene. As dramatic as it sounds, I think the
activities and readings I did has helped me become more thoughtful and active
thinker in general. The discussion was interesting too.To read other member's
responses and understand different perspectives was very interesting. I realized
that we were helping each other out with those discussions as I noticed my
classmates introducing me to new perspectives and morals through their
responses. The fact that even while reading the same story we all could come
up with so many conclusions and have different ideas was actually very
I wasn’t comfortable with the way my thoughts changed in the beginning. I
felt as if I was way too influenced by books and that I needed be more careful.
But later, I realized that interacting and discussions had a positive effect on my
attitude in general. I’ve learned to be more opinionated and confident in the
things that I believe, respect others opinion, understand that we all have
different perspectives and that all of them can be right at the same time. I am
now very open and welcoming to any healthy discussions. I am sure that I will
be actively involved in conversations and discussions, activities in the future to
gain more insight on any subject. I think the course in general was absolutely
fun to study and inspiring simultaneously.
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question(around 110 words):
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