Double Entry Journal


Step 1. Before designing DEJs, read carefully the targeted text.

Step 2. Identify some of the key topics or concepts from the reading selection that readers are likely to have encountered in the past.

Step 3. Formulate questions or request responses that will activate information about those topics or concepts. Keep in mind that you want to activate relevant knowledge during this pre-reading activity.

Step 4. Formulate post-reading questions or response prompts that will require readers to review the reading selection in order to reflect productively. Identify aspects of the reading that are likely to lead either to growth in knowledge or understanding, or to applications of knowledge for problem solving.

Step 5. Ask students to write about 150 to 200 words in response to both pre- and post-reading prompts. Length will vary from class to class and text to text.

Step 6. Provide opportunities for students to meet in pairs or small groups to read and share their DEJs during class time, perhaps in preparation for a class discussion.

Step 7. After students read their partner's DEJ, ask students to comment on them by finding a sentence they like, underlining it, and writing a marginal statement explaining why it was selected.