Economic Simulation Exercise

Please read everything carefully.Students must complete four (4) Critical Reflective Journal (CRJ) entries throughout the semester. Journal entries will vary on topic and format, and will be reflective of course activities, discussions, guest speakers and/or course readings. Journals should be insightful and include critical thinking, feelings, personal insights, and examples which bridges the gap between the course reading materials, class discussions, and high impact learning/visual activities. While, much of the journal is a personal reflection and viewpoint, integrating course materials readings is expected. Course professor will issue journal topics and instructions via classroom and/or Sakai as the semester progresses. All journal submissions should follow the paper writing guidelines and be typed, double-spaced, 1” margins all around, 12pt font, Times New Roman or Arial, and follow APA guidelines for citations and referencing. In each critical reflection journal entry, students will 1) discuss their viewpoint as it relates to current topic; 2) provide personal reflections with appropriate examples of their experience, if any, related to the event; 3) incorporate relevant classroom concepts, lectures, group discussions, guest speakers, and course reading materials; and 4) critically analyze the topic that signifies their civic awareness, synthesis, and/or reflection of new information that is acquired. Each journal entry should be between 4-6 pages. (See below “Tips on Good Journal Writing”.CRJ#1-Economic Simulation Exercise ( in Sakai on Monday, 9/6 at 11:55pm ESTDiscuss your perceptions of the exercise in correlation to the course discussion on The “Many Faces” of Incarceration/Reentry” and the overall course title “How to Break Out of Prison”. This reflection can, incorporate your thoughts and feelings, course readings, and two journal articles you found that analyzes how men/women in transition from prison navigate life without financial means or viable resources. Personal examples are great to highlight your reflections! There is no right or wrong way to reflect on this experience.Find two current peer-reviewed journal articles that discusses the economic problems men and women face when they leave jail/prison. Current journals should be based in the U.S. and between the years 2011 and 2021. Incorporate the readings in your CRJ assessment of the assignment.Play the game PlaySpent ( Discuss how much money did you end up with at the end of the month? Were you on the brink of experiencing homelessness? What decisions were hardest for you to make during this exercise? Did this activity change or support your perceptions of “men/women in transition from prison” and breaking away from the mental/physical ties that bind them as they again navigate through life in a new world? How might this activity look different if you added children to the equation? What is the risk involved with committing another crime because of the lack of money in order to survive.In your journal discuss, how can one break out of prison?Tips to Write a Good Critical Journal:Read all required course materials (Locate in the “Files Directory” link in Sakai)Take notes of the articles and class lecturesRead article(s) for full understandingBring questions to class that will engage your peers with facilitator-mediated discussionsIncorporate the course readings in your journal entriesPersonalize your entriesPersonalize your writings to make your presence knownWrite each entry demonstrating your understanding with relevant literatureShow your creativity by introducing something new about what you learned and the specific service day or field work activity/eventIncorporate the course readings to your personal accountDevelop a consistent structureHave an introduction, body, and conclusionNarrate and explain the main idea of the activity, the readings, and your reflectionsDemonstrate your understanding of the course readings as you may use quotes from the readings or paraphrase an author’s point to make a particular point clearer, but use them only when relevant and necessary. Cite them properly, APA formatDemonstrate your own ideas, arguments, opinions in relation to the readings and reflectionsSummarize your pointsApply your critical thinking abilityWhat assumptions are the readings bringing to your writingsWhat facts/assumptions do the activities bring to your writingsDoes your personal account agree with your readings, are there alternative explanationsWrite in first person: “I” (i.e., I agree with the author in this reading, I realized that serving in this capacity…I felt good when I served…I felt bad when…)Give references to support