The inspiration journal is a writing tool to encourage creative writing, creative thinking, and idea development while also developing students' writing skills in general. Students will look at an inspiration piece (a picture, quote, or word) on each journal page and then create a work of writing from the ideas the piece inspired. Expectations and a grading rubric are included.
Unlike traditional journal prompts, this journal gives students a great deal of freedom not only over what they write about but also over how they express their ideas. As such, this is a perfect writing product for the differentiated classroom. Students also have the opportunity to seek out an inspiration piece of their own and write about it.
Feel free to print all or only some of the journal pages that you desire. Typically, I print the journals back-to-back, two pages per sheet, using the "multiple pages per sheet" option in the pdf printer dialogue so that each journal entry is a half page. I then fold the pages into a booklet. I assign the students to complete 9 of the 10 journal entries, one per week, for one term.