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Journal Prompts- A Year of Journaling

Journal Prompts- A Year of Journaling
Journal Prompts- A Year of Journaling
Journal Prompts- A Year of Journaling
Journal Prompts- A Year of Journaling
Journal Prompts- A Year of Journaling
Journal Prompts- A Year of Journaling
Journal Prompts- A Year of Journaling
Journal Prompts- A Year of Journaling
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Please leave feedback, follow me on tpt and my blog for updates to this packet. **UPDATED 6/19/14 to include black and white pages**

Writing every day is a MUST for all school-aged children. This packet contains journal prompts from August through June that use multi-sensory prompts to encourage creative thinking. Included is also a checklist to spot check entries as well as ways in which you can use these journal prompts.

1. Write in your journals EVERY DAY! We start on the very first day of school and we continue every day thereafter.

2. Show them what you expect:  I use one of their journal pages, write a journal entry, and illustrate it. I show it to them on the very first day of school.  This is what I expect: Good handwriting, finger spaces, sounding out words, use of writer's workshop skills, and an illustration with details. As the year goes on, the number of expected written sentences change as does the illustrations. By January, in 2nd grade, the students will no longer illustrate their writing unless it is indicated in the journal prompt.

3. Give them some free prompts: This will get their creative juices flowing. For those who can’t think of a topic, have a ‘think enveolop’ with some pictures that may generate ideas.

4. Start at the beginning of the day. Journals are a great "morning work" starter {without all the worksheets and hassle}.  My students come into class, hang up their backpacks, and start their journals. It takes about 20-30 minutes each day to complete a journal.  When they are finished, I have 5 volunteers read their journals and we move on to Math.

5. Spot check up to 5 journals each morning: I have a checklist with each student’s name on it along with what I expect to see (a rubric of sorts) when I check the journal. If I’m checking it, I’ll call the names after volunteers share, students put their journals in a box on my file cabinet, and I will check them during my conference time. At first, it takes 10 minutes or so, but by the end of the year, I was able to quickly get through 5 in less than 5 minutes. I tend to check more at the beginning of the year to ensure they’re on the right path.

6. Organizational management of journals: For 1st or 2nd grade, I’d have the students use a wide-ruled spiral notebook. 3rd – 5th can use college ruled spirals. They cut out the journal prompt page and glue it to the NEXT full blank page in their spiral. Students get to choose their prompt every day. When choosing a prompt for that day, they X out the box under the correct day of the week so as to not reuse it the next week. This continues every month. After winter break, they’ll receive a 2nd spiral to begin. Normally by this time, their first journal is completely full. The students (and parents) LOVE seeing the progression of their writing and penmanship as the year goes on.

I hope you enjoy this packet! Please leave feedback.
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