Introduction to Literature
One of the best ways to engage with a literary text (story, novel, poem, play) is to have a conversation with it or its author. The DOUBLE-ENTRY JOURNAL allows you to do just that, and it can be used for many purposes, from getting more deeply into the text or passages from it for class discussion or short assignments all the way to generating ideas for analytical papers.
You can format your journal by drawing a line down the center of a page (though it’s better to use facing pages, which will give you more room to write) or, on computer, as below, creating a table with one row and two columns.
Below are several, but by no means all, ways to use a DOUBLE-ENTRY JOURNAL.
Created by Michael Weiser on 11/15/03 under a VCCS grant