AP Lang Reading Journal The Purpose: Your reading journal will be your running record of reading selections throughout the year. The purpose is twofold: 1) it will capture your thought process, insights, questions, comments, reflections, connections, criticisms, and analysis as you are reading various works and 2) it will be the best keepsake of the course content and study guide for course exams. The Requirements: For summer reading novels, you will complete one journal entry per chapter. For class, you will record one entry for each essay selection covered in Bedford & Norton. For other novels and nonfiction selections, multiple entries will be entered. An entry is one page minimum of two-column journaling and will take on the appropriate format. You are required to hand write these entries neatly—if I am unable to read your handwriting, you will not get any points. The Format: For every entry you will follow the example below. You will include the title of the selection, the author, and the pages covered. Each page is split into two columns for journaling (see below). The left side is reserved for analytical/scholarly material while the right side is open for personal comments/connections. Every section (see bold printed options below) should be labeled. The Options: The great part of the reading journal is that anything goes… content-wise. There are endless possibilities as to how to fill up your entries, but if you need a place to start, look at the list below. Note: you may not touch on every area in each entry… in fact, it would be quite confusing and time consuming and is not advised. Select areas that best fit the selection and your mindset when writing. Here are some areas to use: Title of the work Author of the work Pages Analytical (left) Personal (right) Summary of work Questions you are left with Author information Favorite/Least Favorite passages or quotes Insights into culture, time period, religion, Connection to personal life philosophical belief, etc. Connection to previously covered work or Character analysis of main and supporting author characters and their role in the work Connection to modern society Theme exploration of author’s message, Learning Process comment on what you moral, etc. were thinking/doing while reading the Vocabulary define unfamiliar, important selection (ex: did you have to stop, re-read, visit terms a dictionary) Literary Devices point out when and where Predictions in longer works with multiple the author used these LDs and how they entries, you may want to predict what will enhanced the work happen next Mood explain the atmosphere of the work and Evaluation praise or criticism of the work how it makes you feel with explanation Symbolism explain the meaning behind Possible Paper Topic is there something in certain objects, names, etc. this work that you might be interested in Language & Word Usage discuss word writing about in a future paper? choice, dialects, etc. Format if the work is arranged in a particular way that helps its purpose… explain Test Question is there something in this work that you think you’ll be tested on- if so, jot it down Genre how does this selection fit in with its genre and its specifications? …and any more areas you can think to write about! FYI: your journal should be in a notebook—a composition notebook is preferable.
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