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Journal Writing

  1. 1. What is Journal Writing all about?
  2. 2. What is journal writing you ask… <ul><li>It is a learning tool based on the idea that you write to learn. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>You can use the journals to write about topics of personal interest, to note your observations, to imagine, to wonder and to connect new information with things you already know. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>They are not diary entries without reflection or a purpose. A diary is a record of actions or what you have done. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>A journal is a record of reactions. A journal is mostly about your ideas, thoughts, dreams and opinions. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is its purpose? <ul><li>Using journals helps learning </li></ul><ul><li>When you use journals you have the opportunity to clarify and reflect upon your thinking. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>You can record such things as ideas and feelings, special words and expressions you have heard, interesting things that have happened to you or information about interesting people </li></ul>
  8. 8. There are several types of journals <ul><li>Personal Journals
 </li></ul><ul><li>These journals allow the freedom to write about your feelings, opinions, expressions and about topics of personal interest. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Dialogue Journals <ul><li>
 These journals are conversations in writing. Most often the conversation is between the student and the teacher or classmates. </li></ul><ul><li>These journals are interactive - the two conversation partners comment on one another's entries. These conversations encourage people to express themselves in thoughtful and informal ways. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Reading Response Journals <ul><li>
 These journals are used to capture your reactions to books and to track your reading. </li></ul><ul><li>The entries might include questions, comparisons, evaluations, letters to characters, predictions and comments on style or mood. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Math Journals <ul><li>The goal of writing in mathematics is to provide you with opportunities to explain your thinking about mathematical ideas and then to re-examine your thoughts by reviewing your writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Writing will help your understanding of math as you learn to ‘talk’ about your thought processes in solving problems and learning math concepts. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Science Journals <ul><li>
 These journals could be a great way to gain a better understanding on how you are thinking about the science lesson. </li></ul><ul><li>You can write questions about process or outcomes of explorations. They can use drawings, diagrams, data charts and graphs. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Art Journals <ul><li>
 The art journal gives you a place to plan, to gather resources and research materials, to do preliminary drawings and to experiment with media; in short, to explore and document your personal creative processes. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Our Learning Journals <ul><li>We are learning to use journals that show our new understandings, knowledge and ideas. </li></ul>
  15. 15. How should I write? <ul><li>Write informally. Informal writing is rather like speaking. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't worry too much about 'correct' punctuation, or grammar, or spelling. BUT this is not an excuse to be careless. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>You can use underlining, or bold, or italics to add meaning, and you may link lots of ideas together with dashes instead of full stops and commas. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>The journal also allows you to experiment as a writer. Sometimes a poem or a dialogue where you argue or debate with yourself is the only way to express an idea. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Draw a detailed picture one day. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a risk! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Prompts <ul><li>Think of the subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the timetable on the board </li></ul><ul><li>Mind gym </li></ul><ul><li>What was the first thing we did today? </li></ul><ul><li>What do I now know about journal writing? </li></ul><ul><li>What strategies do I now know to try for problem solving? </li></ul><ul><li>The 100 game - how to win. </li></ul>

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