Double Entry Journal Left Side Use this side for collecting.. Students record things that they see: • • • • Quotes from text Reasons Observations Parts of a whole (This can be as focused or as loose as the teacher wants it to be. It should become looser as the students become more adept thinkers.) Right Side Use this side for connecting. Students reflect on what they have recorded in the right hand column: • • • • • • To yourself To the world To other texts To things you know To causes or effects To a whole Additional Journal Suggestions ‘ Before; After Lines of the Text Say; I Inferred Between the Lines Literal Words; Figurative Meaning Theme; Evidence of Theme Words on the Page; Picture in My Mind Opinion; Proof Questions; Facts Hypothesis; Evidence Prediction; Evidence What I Know; What I Wonder Quote or Picture from the Text; What It Makes Me Wonder About Cause; Effect Compare; Contrast Text Feature; Purpose Information from the Text; New Insight Double Entry Journal Literature Example Students were instructed to look for tree imagery in their homework assignment. “She was sixteen. She had glossy leaves and bursting buds and she wanted to struggle with life. . . . where were the singing bees for her?” (11) This quote again supports the tree as a symbol of Janie. As she is becoming a woman, the tree’s buds are bursting. Hurston again uses the symbol of the bees – her dream for her companion that completes her. “Nanny’s head and face looked like the standing roots of some old tree that had been torn away by storm.” (12) Hurston describes Nanny in tree imagery that is opposed to the blooming of Janie. This tree imagery is negative – it is an old tree and the roots are torn up. It is not growing, healthy or complete. Nanny looks at life negatively as opposed to Janie’s hopeful and optimistic outlook. While Janie looks for love and companionship in a marriage, nanny looks for Janie to be protected by marriage. “The vision of Logan Killicks was desecrating the pear tree.” (13) Again, Hurston uses a negative image. If Janie and her dream are symbolized by the tree, Killicks is desecrating them both. He tries to mold Janie – make something out of her – which violates her as a person. Her marriage to him has also shown her that marriage does not lead to love, so it has desecrated her dream as well.