This is one of over 40 journal plans I have created. Topics include A Perfect Day at School, I Remember Feeling Sad, Natural Disasters and many more. With two to a landscape page, 15 photocopies can be used for an entire grade. Students glue the plan in their writing book, take part in a brainstorm session and follow the plan. At a beginner's level, it's possible to just paraphrase the modelled orientation, answer the prompt questions and bingo, they have a writing piece. A recipe for writing. Students learn to use the plan as it suits them. Their creativity develops as they learn to develop their own voice.
For this journal, I engaged the class by showing a positive neighbourhood news story. We then discussed the circumstances and outcome of the story.