Using Journals

“ALL RIGHT CLASS. OPEN YOUR JOURNALS. TODAY I WANT YOU TO WRITE ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE WEEK.”

An all too familiar phrase in the English Language Arts classroom. How do we take the journal assignment and use as teachable moments?

It’s simple: apply the Star Points. 

A key element in Gretchen’s latest book, Grammar Keepers, Star Points are simple ways to teach grammar conventions. Use journals, plus 10 minutes of writing to focus on grammar skills in easy, chunkable moments each day.

Resources

Journal Guidelines

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Journal Topics (2 pages)

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Journal First Lines

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Journal Snippets (4 pages)

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Foldable Journal for Star Points

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