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Things Fall Apart, a novel by Chinua Achebe.You will be reading in terms of the

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Things Fall Apart, a novel by Chinua Achebe.You will be reading in terms of the cultural impacts evident in the book and you will be completing a dialectical journals while reading. The book is 25 chapters and for each chapter you will select two things to write down that interest you to jot down in your journal and then respond to it using the dialectical journal format.DIALECTICAL JOURNALSThe term “Dialectic” means “the art or practice of arriving at the truth by using conversation involving question and answer.” Think of your dialectical journal as a series of conversations with the texts we read during this course. The process is meant to help you develop a better understanding of the texts we read. Use your journal to incorporate your personal responses to the texts, your ideas about the themes we cover and our class discussions. You will find that it is a useful way to process what you’re reading, prepare yourself for group discussion, and gather textual evidence for your Literary Analysis assignments. PROCEDURE: o As you read, choose passages that stand out to you and record them in the left-hand column the chart (ALWAYS include page numbers). o In the right column, write your response to the text (ideas/insights, questions, reflections, and comments on each passage) o You must label your responses using the following codes: o (Q) Question – ask about something in the passage that is unclear o (C) Connect – make a connection to your life, the world, or another text o (P) Predict – anticipate what will occur based on what’s in the passage o (CL) Clarify – answer earlier questions or confirm/disaffirm a prediction o (R) Reflect – think deeply about what the passage means in a broad sense – not just to the characters in the story/author of the article. What conclusions can you draw about the world, about human nature, or just the way things work? o (E) Evaluate – make a judgment about what the author is trying to say Sample Dialectical Journal entry: Beyond the Yellow HighlighterPassages from the text– Must quote at least 10 per reading assigned. Make sure to number them.Pg#/¶ EACH Passage you Quote must relate to one of the following codes above. Make sure to use a variety. Using the same codes for most or all of your entries will result in a lower score.1. “The yellow marks in my college textbooks…did not help me very much.” 2. “Annotations do make me read a lot slower and I wish I didn’t have to do them. It is so much harder to fake read if you have to annotate like we have to do now. So now I actually read, because it’s too hard to fake annotate”82/1 87/2(C) I can relate since I often used to highlight what I thought was important and then end up with most of the page highlighted. (C) It is harder to fake annotate–it almost takes more time. (R) People are prone to find the easy way to do something. Since there’s really no easy way to annotate–fake or real–it makes sense to really read and think about the texts. (Q) Is it really harder to fake read if you have to annotate? Or does it just take longer?CHOOSING PASSAGES FROM THE TEXT: Look for quotes that seem significant, powerful, thought provoking or puzzling. For example, you might record: o Effective &/or creative use of stylistic or literary devices o Passages that remind you of your own life or something you’ve seen before o Structural shifts or turns in the plot o A passage that makes you realize something you hadn’t seen before o Examples of patterns: recurring images, ideas, colors, symbols or motifs. o Passages with confusing language or unfamiliar vocabulary o Events you find surprising or confusing o Passages that illustrate a particular character or setting RESPONDING TO THE TEXT: You can respond to the text in a variety of ways. The most important thing to remember is that your observations should be specific and detailed. You can write as much as you want for each entry. You can choose to type and save your journals as PDFs or you can write by hand and then scan and save as PDF. Basic Responses o Raise questions about the beliefs and values implied in the text o Give your personal reactions to the passage o Discuss the words, ideas, or actions of the author or character(s) o Tell what it reminds you of from your own experiences o Write about what it makes you think or feel o Agree or disagree with a character or the author
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