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Journal Writing


Journal writing in the classroom can take many forms. Some teachers use journal writing to meet specific goals; others use journals for more fluid purposes.


  • Some teachers allow students to write freely about any topic; others provide writing prompts for students to respond to.
  • Some teachers read every entry in their students' journals; others read only student-selected excerpts; still others use journaling as an opportunity for free expression.
  • Some teachers check and correct journal entries and work on polishing students' writing skills; others use journals as the one "uncorrected" form of writing that students produce.

Whatever the intent or form, many teachers see great value in journal writing and make it an integral part of the curriculum.

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