This kits contains 53 prompts and monster themed cover sheets*
*This kit has a Monster Theme, but I included some generic cover pages for your convenience.
When I first implemented journal writing in my classroom, I found that my students had a difficult time generating ideas, thinking creativity and thinking “outside of the box.” After a frustrating year I decided to try a new approach. For the first part of the year, I gave my students Productive Thinking activities. Productive Thinking activities help student to develop the ability/skill to think generate ideas and see things from different perspectives. I found that after using Productive Thinking activities my students’ free form journals and creative writing products were much improved. If fact, some of the most amazing transformations were from my lowest preforming students who simply seemed unable to think creatively at the beginning of the year.
The journal I’ve put together is meant to be a springboard to more advanced writing. It is important to model for your students and to celebrate their creativity. When I introduce the journals, I choose several prompts and I model responding to them. I “think allowed” as I draw and write. This is an important part of the process and should not be skipped. Once I have students who are producing creative products, I have them share what they have produced and tell the others about their thinking. You’ll become amazed at your students’ creativity and what they are capable of doing.
**Enhance your students’ thinking with Scholarly Behaviors.**