Reading Responses: The Double Entry Journal

The goal of the double-entry journal response is to deepen a student’s understanding. This type of reader response can be used in any subject area.

It’s quite easy to implement the double-entry journal in the classroom. A piece of paper is folded in half to form two columns. Students write a passage in one column. Then they are asked to think about the passage and write their thoughts, feelings, reactions, etc to the passage in the other column.

Some ideas for passages can be a line from a poem, a sentence or paragraph, or some other type of text. Students can even paste a picture, an article from a newspaper, magazine, or something printed from the Internet into the first column.

Click here for the Double Entry Journal Reading Response lesson plan.


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