Out of Class Reading
English at its Earliest: 20 Days
Forget how to dialectical journal?
Have a conversation between the text and yourself. Write down your thoughts, questions,
insights, and ideas while you read. You can even decorate your journal with illustrations, pictures, quotes, and artifacts from the characters or the setting (time and place) of the novel.
A dialectical journal can include all sorts of things. The important part is that you, the reader, are reading something and then responding to it with your feelings and ideas!
Look for quotes that seem significant, powerful, thought provoking or puzzling. For example, you might record:
- Effective &/or creative use of stylistic or literary devices
- Passages that remind you of your own life or something you’ve seen before
- Structural shifts or turns in the plot
- A passage that makes you realize something you hadn’t seen before
- Examples of patterns: recurring images, ideas, colors, symbols or motifs.
- Passages with confusing language or unfamiliar vocabulary
- Events you find surprising or confusing
- Passages that illustrate a particular character or setting
Put the title of the story.
Include the section title and page number.
"Mourning Beowulf - pg. 68"
Have two columns, text and commentary.
Remember your quotation marks on the left, but omit them on the right. You're the author on the right!