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Guided Reading Writing Activities | Journal Template

Grade Levels
K - 2nd, Homeschool
Formats Included
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13 pages
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Needing a guided reading writing activity to use in small reading groups? This journal will serve your purpose! It was created to be used weekly and with any book/theme you chose to study that week! This journal includes three paper options, including Handwriting Without Tears paper.


  • Cover page
  • Single lines template option
  • Three lines template option
  • Handwriting Without Tears template option
  • Differentiated paper
  • Self-Check boxes at the bottom of each page

How would I use this in my small groups?

I print a journal for each of my students and they keep them in their book bags. During my small group guided reading lessons, our weekly schedule has us writing on Wednesdays and Thursdays. I choose a writing prompt based on the book(s) we read and then my students write to that prompt. I love using this journal as we are able to keep all of our writing in one place. It's easy for students to flip back and look at their growth as the year progresses! Lots of celebrations!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.


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