This is daily writing assignment. I use it as “bell work.” It is a quick-write/free write activity. I tell them they have to go all the way to the bottom of the page for any credit. It will be a zero for that page if they do not.
Then I tell them they may list, as well as write in “paragraph” form. For example, there is a prompt: Why are you grateful that you moved on? They might explain one incident in full and fill the whole page OR they might begin to do that and then switch to list form where they merely state: John Smith’s friendship, relocated from Colorado, conspiracy theories, etc. Each of these “counts” as filling a line.
I also remind them that specific details are very important in writing and this is a place to practice that skill. It also sort of “wakes them up” for the class.
These topics “match” the novel units I teach in a semester, but I can apply to any English or Humanities classes. I can send a .docx document if you would prefer though the fonts tend to go wonky.
Every so often, I have them share one point from their topic in a whole class go around. I don’t do this every day as that would be too “routine.”
Assessment doesn’t require that I read each of the 36 entries, rather scan for completion. In fact, they like to know up front if I’m going to read them all because some of their thoughts are “private.”
I collect the booklets on day 36.
When you print the booklet from your computer, choose double sided and print on the short edge. I print the first two pages (the cover) in color on the school’s color cube, then I Xerox the guts of the book. If you print each page out separately when you Xerox you will want to turn every other page upside down, then choose 1-2 sided copying and it should print out fine. *Double check before you print 100!