This assignment asks students to actively read, analyze, and write about Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Ten high-order thinking journal prompts asks students to support their ideas with textual examples. Here is one of the ten prompts:
Heart of Darkness is a frame story. An unnamed narrator begins the story on the deck of the Nellie in London on the Thames River. Note every time there is a shift between this narrator and Marlow who narrates most of the story. Discuss why Conrad would use the frame story structure for this novel. In what way does this structure contribute to or enhance the meaning of the work as a whole (the themes)?
This active reading journal is not for light-weight readers. My students found it to be challenging, but it also forced them to process difficult aspects of the text.