This handout contains weekly journal entries- enough for one nine week grading period. I gave my students this handout at the beginning of the quarter and they were instructed to complete one journal a week as homework. I allowed class time to work on the first journal entry and gave some guided instruction as students wrote. I continually reviewed the rubric to emphasize to students that all components need to be addressed in their journal in order to earn a good grade. I saw improvement in their writing as the quarter progressed.
You could also use this in the following ways:
*As a starter activity and then have students finish it for homework. *Allow the last 5-10 minutes of class for journal writing.
*A great resource to use for a sub folder. Students could select one prompt from the list and respond on notebook paper if you don't use journal notebooks.
* As peer work or group work/writing centers
I also have a year's worth of journal prompts available that includes this first nine week:
Journal Prompts for Language Arts One Year
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