The journal will be in its own duotang, which will be left in the classroom.
Each entry should consist of two parts.
1. A quote from the story- something that you found especially meaningful which captures a particular theme or something revealing about a character.
2. Your own thoughts and reflections on that quote. These must demonstrate one of the following skills:
a) Reflecting that extends thinking and comprehension.
b) Examining text in social, historical and cultural context.
c) Making personal connections.
Divide each page of your journal in half, place the quote on one side of your page, and your response to it on the other. (See samples)
As you read, insert post-it notes or bookmarks onto important passages so that these may be saved for later either as discussion items during novel conferences, or for your journal entries.
Your journals will be collected weekly or bi-weekly and marked according to the criteria outlined in class.
• The first page of your journal should be a title page for your novel. Create a new title page for each novel you read.
• This sheet should go at the front of your journal incase you need to refer to it later.
• Please be sure to date each entry and that the page number of each entry is included in the margin.
• Students should complete at least three journal entries per week.
• Happy reading!