Each day my students have journal writing time. I allow them 10-15 in the beginning of the year and the time extends as they become more fluent writers. In this time the students are asked to read the prompt and create a story, or responsive answer.
We take time to share out if the students would like. I usually share 3 each day. We also use our journal writing to work on specific skills.
I hope your class enjoy these. I know my students love them!