The Purpose of a Dialogue Journal: To interact with a text, reflect on the reading, and come to new conclusions about author’s purpose, style, and content
Directions: Students will draw a line down the center of a few sheets of notebook paper. They will write “subjects/topics” on the left side, and “reflections of the reading” on the right side. They must write four entries per a chapter so it is a good idea to teach them how to annotate their text while reading.
This handout is ready for student use and completely explains how dialogue journals are created. It inlcudes student examples for each type of entry. It also contains a grading rubric.
Skills and types of entries:
Summary/Explanation of quote
Quote of support
- Left Side -
Quote: “To be or not to be; that is the question” (pg 28)
- Right Side -
Explanation: Hamlet is having an identity crisis. He worries that if he remains passive, people he loves can die. However, he also fears that if he takes action, he could lose his life.