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Double-Entry Journals and Most Important Quote
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According to Vacca and Vacca (1999), a double-entry journal is a versatile adaptation
of the response journal. It allows students to record dual entries that are conceptually
related. In doing so, students juxtapose their thoughts and feelings in reaction
to the prompts provided by the teacher or passages students select for a particular
entry. For this activity, ask students to locate significant passages as they read
the book and mark pages with sticky notes. Later, ask students to divide sheets
of notebook paper in half lengthwise. In the left-hand column of the journal, prompt
students to copy the significant quotes or passages from the text and document them
with the page number. In the right-hand column, the students record their reactions,
interpretations, and responses to the text segments they have selected. When they
have completed ten double entries, ask students to select the most important quote
of the book and write a reflective paper or reflective journal entry on it. This
should be a quote that they feel is fundamental to the protagonist's response to
bullying. See the sample double-entry journal below for Jodee Blanco's Please Stop
Laughing at Me... One Woman's Inspirational Story (2003).
"...Then, Kat, Dara, Jackie, and several other students came at me from behind.
They grabbed my hands and feet and dragged me across the parking lot behind the
main campus, chanting "We're going to kill you." They started kicking me and spitting
on me. They ripped open my book bag and threw the contents all over the ground.
Oddly, I wasn't frightened. Being killed held the promise of relief." (pg. 67)
The most disturbing part of this particular quote was the last sentence. And thinking
about what Jodee went through, I begin to wonder about all of my peers that I saw
teased. I wonder now what they thought when someone was picking on them. Or even
worse, when I picked on them. I am going to be honest--I was a bully. I did not
go to the lengths that Jodee's tormenters went to. I made snide comments that I
am now embarrassed for. I am truly sorry for any hurt that I caused someone and
think that in part I did it because I was picked on and teased as well. It hurt,
and I wonder what other people do to escape their tormentors and what other people
think about being bullied.