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Students need to write more than their teachers need to read (and evaluate) their writing. I say this not to be glib, but to highlight the reality, there is great value in the doing. How does anyone get to be a better writer? By writing, and writing a lot. And yet the teacher does not need to read every word a student produces in order for that student to improve. Rather, it is by having students write, write, write —sprinkled with lessons on writing skills, strategies, and techniques —that the student improves. Then, in the end, the teacher has the students produce their best work for assessment, where the teacher will offer thoughtful feedback. That's how you build skill as a writer.
I think of it this way: A piano teacher does not need to sit and listen to every moment of practice their student. Rather, the student needs to practice daily on their own. Every so often, the piano teacher listen, guides, and then evaluates. As an English teacher of writing, you are your students' piano teacher: you do not need to listen (or read) each of their attempts at making music (or, writing beautifully). Rather, you guide them, allow them the space and time to practice, and then evaluate their playing (or, writing) when sufficient practice time has occurred which will best demonstrate their new-found skills.
As Kelly Gallagher professes: Students need to write more in school. Students need to write every day. That is what this product is designed to do: provide daily opportunities for your students to write. No matter when or how you use it, this ongoing activity will afford your students the chance to write every single day.
This product is part dialectical journal — where students can respond to a text, an idea, or as a place to work out their own thoughts — part safe space to write freely, free of the fear that every mistake or brave attempt at writing-experimentation will be scrutinized and penalized.
Included herein are fifty journal topics to get your started, though the way the assignment is arranged, anything you do in your class, any open-ended or probing questions, will happily enable you to continue this journal activity.