Dialectical Journal

A Dialectical Journal is a method of responding freely to information by keeping a two columned journal, writing the information on one side and your response to that information on the other.

Rationale: Research demonstrates that evaluating the information and associating information with knowledge that is relevant increases assigned meaning and retention.

Instructions: Divide a journal or a piece of paper into two columns. Label the left column “Information” and the second column “Response.” Make at least ten responses from a broad range of topics within the unit.

General Guidelines

· Make deep insights that are not explicitly stated in the textbook or by the teacher
· Use different types of connections
· Write about what you think and feel
· Analogize
· Convey any “lesson’s learned”

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