Students need to write in their dialectical journal as they read. They should not read the chapter first then go back. That takes too much time, and this is meant to be completed as they read. It should not take an extreme amount of time to do.
If students have short chapters, they know to come to me so I can work with them.
The critical thinking and analytical skills these students have been honing since 6th grade are being assessed in this project. This also reiterates that students need to prioritize their time wisely so they can satisfy all academic requirements.