I distribute this journal with 15-20 writing pages for the month to my students at the beginning of school in August (we head back early).
This August Writing Journal has a cover page, a 'things to remember when journal writing' page, a list of journal topics/ starters for students to select from, and a set of four different journal entry pages with different sized lines, space for pictures, etc. You can determine what is appropriate for your grade level.
Depending on the writing ability of my class/ individual students, I may or may not require that they use the list of journal topics I have provided.
I have used this as homework, in class for whole group, and as an independent activity for my early finishers.