This document is the requirement page I go over with students before their first Weekly Journal. The journal topics are obviously given weekly, but I refer to this throughout the entire year. I also go over this with parents/guardians @ Meet the Teacher Night.
To use this document, I ensure that one is glued into every student's journal, then go over the page as a class at the beginning of the year. After a brief discussion, the students sign their copy, and I come around and sign each. Journal topics are given weekly, and I base future instruction on the assessments. Students have from Monday until Thursday to complete the journals, and then I assess and return them the following Monday.
This document is the basis for the journals. I also included a sample scoring guide, though it is dynamic and can change based on differentiated instruction. Feel free to modify each based on your own needs in the classroom.
I appreciate you looking at this document; feel free to contact me with any questions regarding it.