Speak Double Entry Journals
One of the best ways to engage with a literary text (story, novel, poem, etc.) is to
have a conversation with the text and/or its author. The Double Entry Journal
allows you to do just that, and it can be used for many purposes: delving more
deeply into the text and/or a particular passage, as a basis for class discussions,
generating short assignments or even becoming an analytical paper.
You will write a double entry journal for each of the four main sections of this
novel: The First Marking Period, The Second Marking Period, The Third Marking
Period and The Fourth Marking Period. Your entries should encompass the entirety
of each section; in other words, you cannot base this assignment on several pages
or even one chapter of the section.
These entries must have three sections: Quotes, Literary Terms and Vocabulary.
You must have both sides of journal completed for credit.
5 Quotes/Responses (5 points each; 25 total points): Choose an important
quote. Copy that quote and provide a citation (page/s). Write the quote on the
left-hand side of your journal. On the right-hand side, write your response to that
quote. Responses can be many things:
Visual commentary (drawings, artwork, doodles, etc.).
Reactions to the text ( "This bugs, annoys, confuses, moves....me
because..."; "I wonder if..."; musings, higher level-thinking questions
and possible answers, etc.
Connections to other texts/works, self or the world
Social questions/observations (race, gender, class, etc. issues)
Significance in relation to the piece as a whole
2 Literary Terms(5 points each; 10 total points): Simile, Metaphor, Symbolism
Identify and cite quotes from the passage which contain or represent one of these
terms (left hand side). On the right-hand side, analyze the term. Why did the
author choose to use this simile? How does it contribute to the character,
4 Vocabulary words (5 points each; 20 total points): Write the word, definition,
sentence from the novel and citation in the left-hand side entry. On the right-
hand side, explain why you chose this word. For example, how does use of this
word contribute to your understanding of the character, theme, situation, etc.?
Why do you think the author chose this particular word? If it's a word you already
know, why did you chose this word? Does it evoke new meaning, thoughts, etc. in