Dialectical Journal

The Dialectical Journal is a way for you, the reader, to get involved with and find meaning in a text--a novel, play, poem, short story, essay, or any other type of literature--by creating thinking and feeling relationships between you an the text. While you read, you will participate in a dialogue with yourself, the characters, and even the author.

You will create this dialogue by:

• asking questions • seeing patterns • creating hypotheses

• forming associations • making predictions • analyzing style

• making connections (text-to-self, text-to-world, text-to-text)

You will become personally involved with the situations, events, and characters in text, which enables you to form your own meaning about what you are reading.

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