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Old 12-05-2007, 07:51 PM
 
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About once or twice a week I have students write in their journals to promote personal and creative writing. But I'm out of prompts. Does anyone know of a good source for middle school journal prompts?

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I know a lot of teachers who use journals as morning work on a daily basis, and generally, it becomes more of a boring routine for students instead of an instructional tool. So, I have decided to have my students do only one journal entry per week because I have found that they give me more detailed responses on the topic.

Moreover, when we do journal entries, I try to have it relate to the topic that we will be studying that week. This gives me a way to introduce the topic to the students, which will get them more involved in the unit that is upcoming.

Hope this helps, in some way.
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Thanks. That's why I only do journal time once or twice a week.

Thanks for the helpful comments!
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I don't have a list of prompts, but you could use a variety of brainstorming techniques to generate new ideas.

Trigger words: Come up with a topic (example: tornadoes) and have the students list everything that comes to mind when they think of the tornado. They can choose one or more words from the list to write about.

Variation: Have them write a sentence about anything, pick their favorite word from the sentence and write about that. Repeat.

Trigger pictures: Find a picture from a magazine or something. Ask the students to write everything that comes to mind or the Who, What, Why, Where, When. How are the people feeling in the picture? What's the tone of it? Pretend to be in the picture, etc. Write based on that.

Snapshots: Describe a scene. A vacant room. A fire drill. Your room is a mess! etc.

Quick List: Have the students fold a paper in thirds. List friends and family and important people in their lives in one column. Next to their names write a description of them (key words), in the 3rd column list words that reminds them of a personal ancedote. You can do the same technique with memories or something.

Free choice is always an option.

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this site has a bazillion prompts (you don't have to have them write essays) http://www.nwrel.org/assessment/pdfG...lowingAway.pdf

also, google "paragraph a day"
and go to writingfix.com


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Prompts for daily writing
Old 12-14-2007, 08:32 PM
 
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Topics for daily writing for each month can be found at:

http://www.busyteacherscafe.com/wspages/writing.htm


Another site with attractive illustrations for daily writing arranged on a monthly calendar page is
http://www.hickman.k12.ca.us/cyber.html

You could blank out some of the entries if you do not wish to write every day.
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Try these:

http://www.geocities.com/jhwayne/
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Old 01-11-2008, 04:58 PM
 
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I get a book of quotes and choose ones that I like. I write the quote on the whiteboard, and have the students respond to it. Sometimes I include thought provoking questions, other times I just ask them what they think it means, and how they react to it.
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Decalogue
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I was searching for the same thing last year when I came across the idea of the decalogue. My sixth graders love to do these and I can introduce just about anything new in an interesting way when using one. I usually let them share their favorite if they want. This is how I introduce it:

A Decalogue is a list of ten truths or personal beliefs from an author.
Have you ever written your own Decalogue?


These are some of them from which we have written.
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Top 10 emotions I have felt
Top 10 people who have changed my life
Top 10 ways to be more like me
Top 10 places I have gone
Top 10 things I wish would just disappear
Top 10 ways to make me frown
Top 10 people I need to write about
Top 10 ways to make me smile
Top 10 things that scare me
Top 10 things I can no longer do
Top 10 things I believe with all my heart and soul
Top 10 incidents that changed my way of thinking (about anything)
Top 10 things I have lost
Top 10 "I wonders"
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