Quick Write

The Jocko Podcast #155. The beginning is Jocko reading from a book about what happened in the Russian Gulags.

What monster theories can help us understand what happened in the Gulags?


Monsters teach us about ourselves. We are studying monsters to study the cultures that produce them. By studying the cultures we can learn about that culture, its fears, and its norms.

We have been studying monsters for almost two months now. You have learned a lot about monster. Lets compile a list of lessons learned from monster.

Write two to three lessons that you have learned about monsters so far. 

Quick Write

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

-Edmund Burke

Write for two minutes on this quote and its significance to monsters.

Causal Analysis Examples

The Effects of a Monster

Grading Criteria

  • Clarity of Thought. Clearly defined the subject of analysis and the cause/effect that is explored.
  • Critical Thinking. Can write reasonably and logically, exploring the causal relationships.
  • Appropriate tone and organization for a causal analysis.
  • Sources and use of sources to support the analysis with evidence.
  • Appropriate title and proper use of visuals.

Peer Workshop


Peer edit the same way you revise your own work. Work on the global, higher order concerns, first.

Be specific in identifying problems or opportunities. Point to places in the text where you notice something. Don’t say organization is confusing, show them where it is confusing.

Use clear sentences and thoughts when commenting. Don’t just say awkward, explain what it is you find awkward.

Offer suggestions for improvement. Don’t just criticize, offer suggestions for revision.

Praise what is good in the paper. What is working well? What did you like?

Keep comments tactful. Treat another’s work the way you would like yours to be treated.