As teachers, we often work too hard to come up with new and creative ideas for daily writing. Well, I am done with that, because guess what? It means we're doing all the work, and the students are the ones who should be!
This approach to daily journaling/literary response is something that will help prepare your students for more critical thinking and discussion in the classroom.
The idea is that every day the warmup is the same: Students write about what they are reading in your class. They can even write about the same piece of literature for every entry--depending on what you are reading at the time. They also write a question at the end! Inquiry-based thinking is my jam!
Students should have a notebook exclusively for these warmups. The handout you get is meant to be pasted into the students' notebooks. It explains to them what they will be doing on their warmup every day. It even includes a sample paragraph (using Romeo and Juliet's prologue).
Start a routine with this prompt--it will help your students develop their writing skills, and they will know what to expect when they sit down in your classroom.
Everyone writes every day. That's my motto.
Two versions are included: one that states you will call on students to pose their question for classroom discussion, and one that does not.
Please note also that both handouts let students know they are responsible for making up missing days (since they are not waiting for a new prompt every day), that they are allowed one missing entry per grading period (whatever time you decide that is), and that the notebooks will be graded (again, up to you if you make them participation or classwork grades).
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