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Grammar Fir Tree Activity (3–8)

In this grammar activity, each part of the tree, and its decorations, coincide with a part of speech or punctuation marks... Continue Reading

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ideas To Get Students Writing Every Day

One of the most efficient ways to improve student writing is to write daily. To ensure writing occurs daily in my classroom I've implemented the quickwrite strategy. A quickwrite is a literacy strategy that can be used across all subject areas to develop writing fluency... Continue Reading

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Professional Development: What “Counts” As Writing?

Last summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to work as a Teacher Consultant with the Wyoming Writing Project and co-presented a session on “Reading & Writing as Argument” at the University of Wyoming. The audience was composed of both elementary and secondary teachers. One anchor chart that was presented asked: What counts as writing?... Continue Reading

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Reflection on NCTE 2014

The National Council of Teachers of English annual conference concluded just before Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C. I had the wonderful opportunity to take Bradley, my oldest son... Continue Reading

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

5 Tips for Revising Sentences Grammar & Writing Tip Sheet (6–12)

Helping your students learn to write clear, concise sentences using fewer words is an important part of grammar instruction! Wordiness not only obscures ideas, but causes readers to become frustrated. Here are five strategies (with examples) that students can use to revise their wordy sentences. Continue Reading

Friday, November 21, 2014

Beverly's Monthly Article: Teaching Meaningful Revision to Deepen Students' Writing

Teachers understand that revision is an integral part of the writing process. Revision is the stage in which students grow as writers, readers, and thinkers... Continue Reading

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Grammar Mini Lesson: Parts of a Friendly Letter (3–5)

I use letters in every class in a variety of ways. High school and middle school students can write letters to their teachers, introducing themselves. Upper elementary students can write a formal letter to a favorite author, and primary students can write friendly informal letters about the weather. Continue Reading

Thursday, August 24, 2017 | CG Writing Lessons 9-12, CG Writing Lessons 6-8

The Power of Journal Writing in the Classroom

Last year, a student spoke to me about missing class for one week due to a family trip. What could she do to make up the work? After conferencing with her, it was decided that she would keep a writing journal about her travels. She was visiting China, Nepal, and India. She could capture the finer moments in each of those countries while producing authentic writing.

TEACHING JOURNAL WRITING IN THE CLASSROOM

Journal writing is an open-form type of writing that can be taught in the classroom. Journal writing can be informal which makes it popular to countless individuals, especially those who might not consider themselves writers. Teaching journal writing in the classroom as an open form of writing gives it the following qualities:

  • Theme-based

  • Chronological

  • Descriptive scenes

  • Illustrates human significance

  • First person

  • Clear purpose

Often in journal writing, the author speaks from personal experience highlighting the first person narrator. Journals often contain stories of significance – the author wants to capture a person, a scene, or an experience that left an impression with them. Journal writing has a natural audience with a purpose that ties to that audience.

Remind your students about the features of journal writing with this printable poster! It will add a great graphic to your classroom and support students as they practice multiple types of writing.

Remind your students about the features of journal writing with this printable poster! It will add a great graphic to your classroom and support students as they practice multiple types of writing.Reading-Strategies-Download-Now

BENEFITS OF JOURNAL WRITING IN THE CLASSROOM

There are numerous benefits of journal writing, including allowing students to gain new insights about a culture, problem, or event, providing individuals an outlet for recovery or reflection, and utilizing a life-long authentic writing skill for a specific purpose.

Education World interviewed various teachers who have made daily journal writing a staple in their classroom curriculum. Read what they have to say about the expected and unexpected benefits of journal writing!

If you can't make journal writing a daily practice in the classroom, start by dedicating two classroom starters a week to writing in journals. To assist you, I've created a simple Journal WritingTemplate you can download for students!

Journal writing is an open-form type of writing that can be taught in the classroom. Journal writing can be informal which makes it popular to countless students, especially those who might not consider themselves writers. Download a template students can use to engage in journal writing!Reading-Strategies-Download-Now

JOURNAL WRITING PROMPTS FOR STUDENTS

To ensure students engage in different types of journal writing, teachers can alternate between free writing and journaling prompts.

With free writing, students are provided an opportunity to express themselves without the pressure of having to answer a question, complete a sentence, or tell a story. Free writing can also have incredible emotional benefits for students!

With journal writing prompts, students are provided a variety of questions and sentence starters to start their journal entry. For some students this takes away the pressure of having to choose a writing topic and allows them to just freely write.

Download a list of 33 Journal Writing Topics for Students for your classroom.

There are numerous benefits of journal writing, including allowing students to gain new insights about a culture, problem, or event, providing individuals an outlet for recovery or reflection, and utilizing a life-long authentic writing skill for a specific purpose. Download 33 writing prompts that will encourage students to engage in journal writing.Reading-Strategies-Download-Now

 

 

 

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