Dialectical journals are a great way to get students to read and think critically; however, too often students fail to see the value in this type of journaling, not understanding its point. This foundation lesson seeks to bridge that gap--to show students that dialectical journals pave the way to strong analytical essays.
This EIGHT PAGE unit breaks journals into five different skills (or areas of literary focus): 3-Level Questioning, Character, Tone, Theme, and Symbol. Each journal type includes instructions, a teacher example, and a follow-up student application and writing assignment. A student example of a color-coded character analysis paragraph is also included at the end as well as student 2 & 3 column journal templates. The best part of this lesson is the varied teacher and student examples of strong writing throughout.
I recommend using this activity over a 2 - 3 week period as a supplement to teaching the novel Anthem in preparation for a major essay.