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    Book Title (underline it!) ______________________

    By ______________________

    Opinion Quotations:

    Opinion Response:

    1.  “Quotation from the text” (Golding 17).


    1. 25 words or more in response explaining what you think about quote number 1.


    Literary Response Quotation:

    Literary Response:


    3.  Identify a literary term from the text that the quote illustrates.  Be nice to yourself.  Use something like conflict or plot or characterization, etc.  UNDERLINE the term you’re discussing.  Then explain what this quote says about that term.  

    Literary Response Quotation:

    Literary Response:



    Vocabulary –

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    List of commonly found Literary Devices:

    Characterization – when a character is described or their personality is shown

    Setting – when the author describes WHERE the story takes place

    Imagery – description using details of the 5 senses (touch, taste, hearing, smell, seeing)

    Symbol – when the author uses an object or character to represent an idea

    Example – The conch is a symbol for peace and order in society

    Personification – giving non-living objects human-like qualities

    Example – The wind sang through the trees

    Conflict – when two opposing ideas or characters struggle against each other

    Foreshadowing – a point in the story that gives a hint to what may happen next

    Allusion – when an idea in the story refers to another major piece of literature,

    art, or history

    Simile – comparing two things using like or as

    Metaphor – comparing two things that are not usually alike

    Diction – the WORDS an author chooses for a specific reason

    Mood – the feeling the reader gets from a the story

    Dialogue – a verbal discussion between two characters that has important impact

    on the story

    Irony - when you say one thing and you mean the opposite or you expect one thing and the opposite happens

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    English IV SSR/ Dialectic Journal Assignment




    1. Every Friday, it is your responsibility to bring a book to class to read. You cannot go to the library during class on Friday. Part of the assignment is remembering YOUR book.


    1. You must read the ENTIRE period during SSR. If you are about to finish a book, bring another one to begin.


    1. You will receive a daily grade of 100 each Friday if you read the entire time. If you forget your book and have to borrow mine, you lose 10 points. If you sleep, talk, or work on something else besides a dialectic journal, you will be penalized 15 points for each offense.


    1. You may stop reading a book at any time EXCEPT during SSR.


    Dialectic Journal

    1. Each Tuesday you will turn in a dialectic journal. A dialectic journal is a response journal that you keep while you read. These journals will help you gain a deeper understanding of what you are reading. These journals are due by the end of the school day. The only time you are allowed to use class time for dialectic journals is during SSR on Fridays.


    1. If you are absent during SSR on Friday, the journal is still due on Tuesday. No exceptions.


    1. These journals are test grades. Each journal is worth 20 points. You will complete 5 journals each six weeks for a total of 100 points.  Those who do not turn in their dialectic journals tend to fail English IV and do not usually graduate.



    1. Use loose-leaf notebook paper divided in half long ways.
    2. Write and underline the title of the book on the top line. Write the author’s name also.
    3. On the left, label the column “Quotes from text.”
    4. On the right, label the column “My reactions.”
    5. As you read, write important or thought provoking quotations in the left column. Document the page number in MLA format (see next page).
    6. You must quote enough of the passage so that it makes sense to me when I grade it.
    7. Your first tworeactions must be “self” reactions. This means that you respond in a way that is personal. For example, how does this quote make you feel? Does this remind you of an experience in your life? Someone you know? These responses must be a minimum of 25 words each.
    8. Your third and fourth reactions must be a “literary” reaction. This means that you need to find a quotation in your reading that demonstrates a stylistic device that we have studied in class. Your daily notebook will be VERY helpful here. We will continuously add new literary terms to your notebook as we read literature. This response must be a minimum of 25 words. You must identify the term you are analyzing. Some examples of literary devices that you might use include characterization, plot, conflict, theme, metaphor, simile, personification, irony, satire, attitude, tone, oxymoron, paradox, etc.
    9. On the back of your dialectic journal, you will write and define 5 vocabulary words. These words should come from your reading. If you did not encounter any unknown words, look up and define any 5 unknown words from the dictionary. 


    *THESE VARIED RESPONSES WILL GUIDE YOUR THINKING TO A HIGHER AND MORE ANALYTICAL LEVEL. GENERIC RESPONSES WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT. These responses will also prepare you for the type of thinking, reading, and writing required on the TAKS test or the AP test.


    You will not pass my class if you do not turn in these journals weekly. Do not get lazy and not turn the journals in!



    Sample Journal

    Charlotte’s Web E.B. White             Name

    Quotes from text


    My reactions

    1. “A spider’s web is stronger than it looks. Although it is made of thin, delicate strands, the web is not easily broken. However, a web gets torn every day by insects that kick around in it, and a spider must rebuild it when it gets full of holes” (White 55).



    1. “Fern stood at the kitchen sink drying the breakfast dishes as her mother washed them. Mrs. Arable worked silently. She hoped Fern would go out and play with other children, instead of heading for the Zuckermans’ barn to sit and watch animals” (White 105).
    2. “~~~~~” (White 107).
    3. “~~~~~” (White 109).


    1. (Self) When I was little, I used to play with spiders’ webs in my front yard. I would watch insects get caught one day, and the next day I watched the spider drink the insect’s blood! Yuck! I would also throw sticks and rocks through the webs to try to break them. However, the next day the web would always be fixed.
    2. (Self) As soon as I read this I immediately thought of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout and Jem found themselves caught up in a big mystery. They would follow this mystery every day instead of playing with the other kids during the summer. I used to love to play outside as a child, so I can relate to this.
    3. (Literary Term)
    4. (Literary Term)

    On back:








    Rubric: 20 points

    2 points            Title underlined and author named

    1 point each      4 quotations with MLA page reference

    2 points each    4 reactions done according to directions (3 self reactions and one literary term reaction)

    1 point each      5 vocabulary words and their definitions

    1 point              AT LEAST 1 ½ pages in length (all of front and at least half of back)


    SSR journals must be written in pen or you lose 2 points.  Headings are necessary on journals.  Journals without headings lose 2 points.  I do not return SSR journals to students because I only want to read each journal once.  If you would like to see your journals, I keep them on file.

Last Modified on August 31, 2015