If you're like me and use class copies of textbooks/novels, you may find it frustrating that students cannot write in their texts as they read.
Then you're faced with the challenge of students not really knowing how to take thorough notes...
The double-entry, or dialectical, journal is a great solution to that.
If you've purchased my R&J packets for individual acts, I do include blank pages (lined and open space) for students to take notes while reading.
You may want more structure, and that's where the DEJ comes in. Students must create four entries per act including citing the passage they want to comment on, then include commentary that covers setting, context, and analysis.
I have provided a sample entry based on the Prologue for Act I.
The second page is a blank with two boxes, so you can just copy that one double-sided for each student per act.
This is great essay-writing prep, and also has students dig deeper into the text, not just restate what's happened.
If you use Google apps, there is also a link for the Google Doc version of this on the teacher page. You must copy and paste the link to make it available to your students, and they can make a copy to keep in their Drive.
Teacher in the Rye