Journaling is a great way for students to get better at writing.
After explicitly teaching the 6 writing traits to your students in September, introduce Journaling as a method to practice good writing.
Students can use their journal as a safe space to communicate with their teacher, share stories, ideas or respond to prompts.
This document includes a great lesson to start your journaling activity with your class.
It includes a success criteria for students to follow and even has a differentiated criteria for those of your students who need a bit of modification.
Assessment can be done ongoing from journals. The success criteria can be easily turned into a rubric that you can create with your students.
Journaling is an excellent way to keep track of student writing progress over the year.
If you want more info about the 6 traits, please find the resource called 6 writing traits. I am working on a new resource for teachers to use in September. Similar to the first 20 days of reading (which many students are so sick of - but in theory is good practice) the 6 traits resource is a great introduction or reminder to students of how to be good writers. Stay tuned for more soon!