Be it in hard copy or digital, inked or typed, compile a list of quotes from readings that you want to delve into, questions to ask of the readings, other related quotes you’ve picked up on the way. Bring these to class, ready to reference and to share with your classmates. Make sure they all live in one place, so that I (and you) will be able to check them weekly and then look at the whole at the end of the semester.
Commonplace books embody the notion of audience/reader/spectator turned author, and reveal that this blurring of roles has been going on for a long time.
To give you a better sense of what Commonplace books are all about, check out this blog and these videos.