Heart of Darkness Active Reading Journal Assignment

Avoid the horror of readers straining to recall details of Joseph Conrad's complex Heart of Darkness. Instead provide scholars with a frame for their note taking. As they read, class members record evidence to support their responses to 10 reading prompts in an active reading journal.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Present the Active Reading Journal assignment at the beginning of the unit so that pupils can record evidence as they read
  • Model how to create an entry or save and project an entry from previous years
  • As a practice exercise for the AP exam, have scholars use the information in their journals to respond to the 2016 or 2018 English Literature and Composition Free Response Question
Classroom Considerations
  • Designed for an advanced or AP level language arts class
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Pros
  • The prompts focus readers' attention on key elements and themes of the novel
Cons
  • Although there is no rubric, the assignment sheet is detailed and very specific about what is required