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True to Life: Journal Writing

Improving writing skills of middle school students through journal writing.
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Bianca Barajas

on 21 April 2011

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Transcript of True to Life: Journal Writing

True to Life Types of Journals personal dialogue reading logs learning logs double-entry simulated the "who's who" of journaling harriet the spy greg heffley leonardo da vinci anne frank why use journals? so, what are journals? ok, we get it. you like writing. Ms. B's journals jack of ms. stretchberry's class f. scott fitzgerald children use journals to record personal experiences, explore reactions and interpretations to books they read and videos they view, and record and analyze information about literature, writing, social studies and science topics (tompkins) A means for recording personal thoughts, daily experiences, and evolving insights. The process often evokes conversations with self, another person, or even an imagined other person (Hiemstra) "safe place" What research tells us Students use the journals to write about topics of personal interest, to note their observations, to imagine, to wonder and to connect new information with things they already know (Saskatoon) Best selling author, Meg Cabot, draws inspiration for her books from her 8th grade English journal. fun fact for students, keeping a journal can foster both
personal growth and rapport with an adult. Additionally,
the habit of free flow in writing down thoughts and reactions
seems to stimulate thought processes that can
later be channeled to writing the critical rough drafts of
more formal papers (greenwood) A journal is like a good friend who is never too busy to listen.
each journal is a personal record of growth in
language awareness. In nearly every case, fluency increases along with communication (greenwood) "literacy artifacts" improving writing skills of middle school students through journal writing integrates reading and writing into a whole language approach (Bode)
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