Journaling can be a great outlet for student writers and can serve many purposes. Structured journal questions can get students thinking about ideas or concepts that will be taught or help them connect their own experiences to what is being studied. It can be a springboard for creative writing that can be later developed into a larger, finished piece of writing or just a way for students to write about topics that are important to them. However, they can be quickly forgotten, seen as irrelevant to students or become burdensome to grade due to the sheer volume of entries. Utilizing a Journal Portfolio can help teachers maximize this writing tool, allow students to select and evaluate their own writing for an audience, while significantly lessening the amount of time spent grading it.