Students write journal entries on topics important to them. Then they revise and edit their favorite entries for a class book or an individual writing piece.
This is a great writing project to do at the beginning of the year to establish writing routines and the writing process as well as providing a way to get to know your students.
You can explain to the students that as a class they may not write about topics for every letter of the alphabet, but since they are writing about the people, places, and things that are important to them, they should have endless writing opportunities!
Keywords: "All About Me"; the writing process; establishing writing routines