Journaling Tips, Strategies & Topics
||Listed below you'll find links to various articles and printables on journal writing, where students can keep a continual documentation of their expressions, feelings, and experiences. Journals are also an excellent form of non-traditional assessment. Students can reflect on their thoughts about new concepts without feeling as if they are being tested.
The Concept of Journaling
Daily Journal Topics
- Daily Journal Topics: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Assign one of 10 journal topics for students on the subject of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This printable provides a great starting-off point for sparking critical thinking about Dr. King, civil rights, and American history. Use it in your Black History Month curriculum (February).
Observational Journal Writing
Writing from Personal Experience
Reading Response Journals
- Double-Entry Journals
Use a double-entry journal, a graphic organizer included with this article, to encourage students to organize their thoughts on a specific subject in a new way. New teachers will find this resource particularly valuable.
- Double Entry Journal Template
In the left column of a double entry journal graphic organizer, students write a piece of information, such as a quotation or a concept, which they want to question. In the right column, students relate to or analyze the information that is written in the left column. This printable is customizable. Tailor the PDF to your teaching needs by typing in the highlighted fields before printing.
Journaling in Math
- Journaling in Math
Writing about mathematics helps students articulate their thinking, and provides useful information for teachers about learning difficulties, incorrect assumptions, and student's progress in communicating about mathematics.
- Math Journal
This form is for students to comment on their performance during daily math lessons. This is a great way for children to monitor their own progress of their math skills.
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- Comparing Fractions with Unlike Numerators Using Journaling
Use a lesson that is an introduction to comparing fractions with like denominators and unlike numerators, for students with a basic understanding of fractions as part of a whole, numerators, and denominators. Students use math journals to complete the lesson.
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Common Core Lessons & Resources
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