Journal rubric for assessing creativity, organization, comprehension, and requirements (date, title, length/effort and picture).
Basic and advanced checklist to match the rubric. Glue this inside students journals. Basic checklist (date, title, one page or longer, picture, and underlined word I can't spell). Advanced checklist (date, title, one page or longer, picture, underlined misspelled words, makes sense, interesting, variety of words, different sentence structures).
*Note journals are not marked for mechanics because journals are used for practising language skills. Students can take risks and try new forms without being inhibited.