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Sample Dialectical Journal

Sample dialectical journal from To Kill a Mockingbird.


Week One Activities

1. Research which book you are going to read and choose book.

2. Work on reading your book.

3. Create at least three dialetical journal pages.

4. Complete the Weekly Writing

PROMPT:  Alienation is a feeling of not belonging. This feeling can be physical, mental, religious, spiritual, psychological, political, social, or economic and often it tends to be a combination of more than one of these types. Alienation is a driving force that pushes the human conscience to extremes. Characteristics of alienation are common to many characters in literature. Examine either “The Painted Door” or “The Rocking Horse Winner.” Mark and chart at least one page of the text using the DIDLS strategy for closer analysis and then, in an essay discuss how and why alienation occurs among one or more of the characters. Does the person alienate him/herself? Or is the person alienated by others? What are the consequences of such alienation in the character’s life?

Then, in a second section discuss a situation in your life in which you have felt alienated. Describe the situation and why you felt alienated. How can you relate to the characters in “The Painted Door” or “The Rocking Horse Winner?”Avoid plot summary and keep it interesting! Use direct  quotations for support. Remember to answer “SO WHAT?” (Typed, double spaced, 500-750 words).




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