This double-entry journal focuses on what characters say and how their words contribute to the development of that character. Students use this two columned chart to record the dialogue from the book in one column, and in the other column students record their thoughts (this could be what they think the character meant, how they think the character is feeling, how this supports a character's previous thinking or behavior, etc.).
I have introduced this chart during a unit on characterization. Using a shared text, I have chosen a dialogue selection to use as a model. After recording the dialogue, I then recorded my thinking as to how I thought the character was feeling. Then, students were asked to complete this chart in pairs using the same shared text. After several days of examining dialogue and modeling the use of the chart students became familiar with using the chart. I then frequently used this during literature circles or guided reading groups.