Journaling is a way of teaching. In my classroom, you will not see worksheets. Everything I do is used in a real-life, practical way. Journaling is research-proven to be among the best ways to teach writing! It offers creativity, personal meaning, organization, and scheduled/unscheduled daily writing.
“Don’t be afraid to live like a writer. Writers explore. There are two whole universes for you to explore- the one on the inside, and the physical one on the outside. Take your choice inner or outer. Or best-both.”
“If you want to be a writer, you have to do two things above all else: read a lot and write a lot.” Fletcher
Students will be designing a personal journal that they will use throughout the year. Students will begin by choosing entries the first few days of school and writing from the heart- to tie into our first unit starting next week- Tales of the Heart. Journaling creates a place for students and writers to share their words and experiences through
memories, lists, reflections, ideas, questions, thoughts, pictures, or a scrap of print.
A notebook can become whatever the writer wants it to be. sometimes, the teacher will use it to guide, too.
SOmetimes I will present strategies and expect their implementation. Journals will also be a place for students to practice writing, generate text, find ideas, and practice what they know about spelling and grammar. Fluency in reading is ultimately about being able to generate text in a short period of time. Students can work on this with the writing process I implement. Students will self-reflect and refine their writing and their individual crafts used in writing. Furthermore, personal interests and skills can be easily explored.
* This document is the first article to parents describing precisely how and why journals are implemented in the classroom. Teachers can easily use this to start journaling- a powerful strategy for writing success.
All grade levels