Have you talked with your text lately?
Ultimately, the goal of the dialectical journal is to get you thinking about what you're reading. If you don't enjoy participating in class (and I know who you are), this a good way for you to practice having a conversation about reading. Additionally, when it does come time to have class discussion, you'll already have some pre-recorded thoughts in your journal that you can use as a springboard to make you more comfortable.
(CL) Clarification: What do you need the author to clarify? What complex ideas can you put into simpler terms for yourself?
(E) Evaluation: What judgment can you pass on any part of the text?
(P) Prediction: What will happen next?
(Q) Question: What questions do you have pertaining to the text?
(R) Reflection: What are you thinking? What questions have been answered?
A separate rubric outside of this document will be shared with you.