These Quick Write Journals can be used for a variety of reasons, but I had assessment in mind when creating them. This Fall Edition of Journals contain themes relating to Apples, Halloween, Fall/Autumn, and Thanksgiving. You will receive a set of black and white journal pages and the option of black/white or color covers. I also included one main cover if you'd like to put all the themes together into one bigger book.
I had the busy but smart teacher in mind when creating these Fall themed, Quick Write Assessment Journals! With limited time during our day, one way to think smart is to combine our students' writing with a quick and easy assessment included right on the page.
Each Quick Write has a simple, but meaningful journal prompt (compare/contrast, opinion, expository, essay, etc.), space to draw an illustration and room to write, all of which are Common Core Standards across the grade levels. By including an illustration, you can get somewhat of an idea hopefully of the students background knowledge and comprehension of the topic area. Their writing can tell you critical areas of concern/strength that I've included in a "mini-rubric" on the bottom of each page. So the prewriting (drawing illustration) and writing activity are quick and easy, as is the assessment.
Having the rubric at the bottom also could be considered as "I Can" statements for the students so they know what you're assessing them for. Because these are quick writes, you can do more of them as compared to a formal standard assessment, and it will be continual within the journal writing book. Completing one book should take around a week and their are four included to take you through the Fall Season. These would be perfect for parent/teacher conferences, portfolios, and professional evaluations as a method of informal assessment you're doing with the students. It will be easy to see in which areas the students excel and where they may need to apply more concentration.
Included in this seasonal edition are four Writing Books, that consist of three Quick Write pages and a Cover for each of the following titles and subject areas:
~ Criss Cross Applesauce Journal (Apples)
~Boo! Journal (Halloween)
~Happy Fall Y'all (Fall/Autumn)
~Gobble Till You Wobble (Thanksgiving)
Each page has just enough space to assess the areas of Spelling, Capitalization, Spacing, Neatness, and Punctuation. There's a simple check box for each and you can decide whether a check means they have it or they don't. One quick read through will allow you to check these five areas and see improvement as new skills are taught. What an excellent way to show growth throughout the year that doesn't take much paper!
Each Writing Journal Book has a black and white or optional color cover included that you could also use as a cover for a classroom book for your library. I've included an additional main cover, in case you might want to bind all of the pages together with simple staples into a portfolio for the season of writing samples. So the possibilities are endless with this set of Quick Write Assessments!
I do plan on making a Winter Edition that is similar to continue with the informal assessments. So plan on having that edition available soon, along with the Spring and Summer!