Start a notebook or create a spreadsheet for your journal. You need six columns. In the first of them, write the author’s surname, first name, and patronymic, the title of the work, and the year of creation. If you need a reading journal to prepare for the exam, write the author’s name and patronymic in total, with no initials.
In the second column, write a summary of the task. Please write it down so that later you understand all the stories, the twists, and the denouement. Focus on this task when deciding how much content to tell.
List separately the features of the form chosen by the author. You can describe the features of the author’s style, name the genre in which the work is written, and evaluate its structure. Note which direction this writer’s work belongs to and how much it is mentioned in the work you read.
Keep the fourth column aside for character information. Please write the hero’s name, his role at work: his relationship with other characters, profession. List the main character traits of the hero. Name these features of the character’s appearance if they are reflected in your appearance.
In the next section, collect the most interesting and “revealing” quotes. After each statement, indicate who made it and, if necessary, in what context. Include only those quotes that are essential to understanding the work in your journal. Do not be distracted by beautiful but not very important texts.
Write down your impressions of the book or individual work in the last column. Write it in a draft as soon as you read it. Then think about the piece again after two or three days. Write the final evaluation, thoughts, and emotions in your journal. You can write down the impression without reading the book altogether when reading extensive work. Describe your emotions immediately when you start reading, in the middle of the plot, and finally after finishing the book.