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Unformatted text preview:Dialectical Journal for Life of Pi Periodicaliy. yoo will be updating a Dialectical Journal for Life of Pi. which I Will U58 *0 055955 y0ur understanding of the novel as we progress through the reading, The term "Dialectic" means "the art or practice at arriving at the truth by using conversation involving question and answer." Think of your dialectical journal as a series at conversatiocts between VOU 0W1 Life of Pi. which will. ideally, help you develop a better understanding of the text as you read. YOU Wt" U56 YOUt tournal to incarporate your personal responses to the text and your ideas about the themes you notice in the novel and that we discuss. You will tind that this tyfie 0i reflection is a useful way to process what you're reading prepare yOtJrSti-'if fOt group discussions. and gather textual evidence for your assignments. PROCEDURE: 0 As you read, choose passages that stand cut to you and record them in the left~hond column of a T-chart (ALWAYS include page numbers). a In the right column. write your response to the text {ideas/insights. questions. reflections. and comments on each passage) 0 Label your responses using the following codes: 0 0000 ' a (Q) Question - ask about something in the passage that is unclear (C) Connect — make a comedian to your life, the world, or another text (P) Predict - anticipate what will occur based on what's in the passage (CL) Clarify — answer earlier questions or confirm/disaffirm a prediction (R) Reflect — think deeply about what the passage means in a broad sense - not just to the characters in the story. What conclusions can you draw about the world. about human nature. or just the way things work? (El Evaluate - make a judgment about the characterlsj. their actions. or what the author is trying to say a Complete journal entries for at least three passages for each section of reading. You can earn up to 25 points for each set you turn in. Sample Journal entry: Life of Pi by Yann Martel (No. you MAY NOT use these examples!) Passages from the text Bapu Ghancli said, 'All religions are true.' I just want to love God", i blurted out, and looked down, red in the face. "i looked Richard Parker dead in the eyes. Suddenly his brute strength meant only moral weakness. it was nothing compared to the strength in my mind" "it was Richard Parker who calmed me ' down. it is the irony of this story that the one who scared me witless to start with was the very same who brought me peace, purpose. 1 dare say even wholeness." 'My zoology thesis was a functional analysis. . .of the three toed 5mg" Comments & Questions (E) Pi is frustrated with his teachers and parents who insist that he choose one religion to follow. Instead, Pi seeks a simpler version of faith that does not include the controversies and arguments that adults squabble over. Pi has intense faith, but he is not necessarily religious. By this, the author could be trying to say . . . (R, E) Pi finally confronts the fear that has been mentally exhausting him throughout his excursion. He realizes that he has nothing to fear since his mental strength far surpasses the tiger's physical strength. Later, this could mean . . . (C) This reminds me of To Kr?! a Mockingbird when Scout finally . faces "Boo" Radley face to face. She spent most of the story being scared of him, but when she finally meets him. she realizes he is not that scary and is really nice. . , (P, E) A sloth is a monkey-like creature that is characterized by its lack of movement and slow speed. i think Pi chose to study the sloth because. . . o Raise questions about the beliefs and values implied in the text 0 Give your personal reactions to the passage 0 Discuss the words. ideas. or actions of the author or characterlsl 0 Tell what it reminds you of from your own experiences 0 Write about what it makes you think or feel 0 Agree or disagree with a character or the author ti : Dialectical Journal for Life of Pi " CHOOSlNG PASSAGES FROM THE TEXT: LOOK for Quotes that seem significant. powerful, thought provoking or puzzling. For example. you might record: ' 0 Effective and/or creative use at stylistic or literary devices .734 i I o Passages that remind you of your Own life or something you've seen before 0 Structural shifts or turns in the piot o A passage that makes you realize something you hadn't seen before 0 Examples of patterns: recurring images, ideas. colors. symbols or motifs. o Passages with confusing language or unfamitior vocabulary 0 Events you find surprising or confusing o Passages that illustrate a particular character or setting RESPONDING To me 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 WOW for each entry. Please use loose leaf paper for keeping y0ur journal. which i will collect Or'ld grade weekly. Finally. unlike most assignments. these journal entries may not be typed! Basic Responses - Limit the number of this type. I Sample SentenCe Starters: lreally don't understand this because... I really dislike/like this idea because... I think the author is trying to say that... This passage reminds me of a time in my life when... If l were (name at character) at this point i would... This part daesn't make sense because... i This character reminds me of (name at person) because... Higher Level Responses — The majority of your entries should be this type! a Analyze the text for use of literary devices (tone. structure, styie. imagery) a Make connections between different characters or events in the text a Make connections to a different text {or film. song, etc...) 0 Discuss the words. ideas, or actions of the author 0r characterlsl 0 Consider an event or description from the perspective of a different character a Analyze a passage and its relationship to the story as a whole