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Journal Writing

 

Journal Writing is a great way to develop students' fluency and increase their comfort level with writing. You will want to establish a consistent routine for this.  Here are a few questions to keep in mind as you establish your class's routine and goals for journal writing:

PURPOSE:
Why are we keeping this journal?  What do we hope to achieve?


TIMING:
For how long will we write?
How often will we write?  Daily?  Weekly?

CONTENT:
What will students write about?  Will I give them suggestions, or let them write on whatever they choose?  How closely will the journal be connected to other aspects of the curriculum?

FEEDBACK/GRADING:
How will I hold students accountable for their journal entries?  How frequently will I collect journals?What sort of feedback will I provide--i.e., a simple checkmark or a brief comment in response?  Will the feedback vary?  Will I make any grammar corrections in students' journals?

Here are a few useful links with journal writing prompts:

CanTeach: Writing Prompts/Journal Topics: 
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/prompts.html

Write Source: Writing Topics for Grades 1-12: 
http://www.thewritesource.com/writing_topics/

NY Times "500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing"--click HERE or download the list from the Download Zone.

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