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  • 1. What is Journal Writing all about?
  • 2. What is journal writing you ask…
    • It is a learning tool based on the idea that you write to learn.
  • 3.
    • 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.
  • 4.
    • They are not diary entries without reflection or a purpose. A diary is a record of actions or what you have done.
  • 5.
    • A journal is a record of reactions. A journal is mostly about your ideas, thoughts, dreams and opinions.
  • 6. What is its purpose?
    • Using journals helps learning
    • When you use journals you have the opportunity to clarify and reflect upon your thinking.
  • 7.
    • 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
  • 8. There are several types of journals
    • Personal Journals

    • These journals allow the freedom to write about your feelings, opinions, expressions and about topics of personal interest.
  • 9. Dialogue Journals
 These journals are conversations in writing. Most often the conversation is between the student and the teacher or classmates.
    • 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.
  • 10. Reading Response Journals
 These journals are used to capture your reactions to books and to track your reading.
    • The entries might include questions, comparisons, evaluations, letters to characters, predictions and comments on style or mood.
  • 11. Math Journals
    • 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.
    • Writing will help your understanding of math as you learn to ‘talk’ about your thought processes in solving problems and learning math concepts.
  • 12. Science Journals
 These journals could be a great way to gain a better understanding on how you are thinking about the science lesson.
    • You can write questions about process or outcomes of explorations. They can use drawings, diagrams, data charts and graphs.
  • 13. Art Journals
 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.
  • 14. Our Learning Journals
    • We are learning to use journals that show our new understandings, knowledge and ideas.
  • 15. How should I write?
    • Write informally. Informal writing is rather like speaking.
    • Don't worry too much about 'correct' punctuation, or grammar, or spelling. BUT this is not an excuse to be careless.
  • 16.
    • 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.
  • 17.
    • 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.
  • 18.
    • Draw a detailed picture one day.
    • Take a risk!
  • 19. Prompts
    • Think of the subjects
    • Look at the timetable on the board
    • Mind gym
    • What was the first thing we did today?
    • What do I now know about journal writing?
    • What strategies do I now know to try for problem solving?
    • The 100 game - how to win.