Just Journals

Just Journals

ORANGE A 

GOALS/STANDARDS and BENCHMARKS:

OTHER OBJECTIVES: 
  • Students will
MATERIALS ARE KEPT BY: Jori Fox rm. 122 
  • Writing For Real: Strategies for Engaging Adolescent Writers by Ross M. Burkhardt
  • For teacher’s benefit – Jump Write In! Creative Writing Exercises for Diverse Communities, Grades 6 – 12 by Judith Tannenbaum and Valerie Bush
  • 350 Fabulous Writing Prompts by Jacqueline Sweeney
  • Journal Activities Throughout the Year by Kathy Zaun
  • Attached journaling prompt list that came out of Life Skills binder from 2003-4.
STRATEGIES:

ASSESSMENTS: correlated to the benchmarks and objectives
  • Interview Your Homeland – midterm project p. 102 - Jump Write In!
  • Letter to Self : from Writing For Real: Strategies for Engaging Adolescent Writers by Ross M. Burkhardt
    • P. 151 – 161, 270-275
CURRICULUM MAP
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
M- Journal

W- Lesson on editing – peer vs. self ; teacher edits 

F- Final draft due – 1/3 of class shares
M- Journal

W- Writing mini-lesson depending on needs of class ; teacher edit conferences ; additional edit/journal time

F- Final draft due – 1/3 of class shares; revision day for old drafts
M- Journal

W- Writing mini-lesson depending on needs of class ; teacher edit conferences ; additional edit/journal time

F- Final draft due – 1/3 of class shares; revision day for old drafts
M- Interview Your Homeland Midterm piece

W- Writing mini-lesson depending on needs of class ; teacher edit conferences ; additional edit/journal time

F- Final draft of midterm due – will be hung in hallway - 1/3 of class shares (old journal piece); revision day for old drafts
M- Journal

W- Writing mini-lesson depending on needs of class ; teacher edit conferences ; additional edit/journal time

F- Final draft due – 1/3 of class shares; revision day for old drafts
M- Journal

W- Writing mini-lesson depending on needs of class ; teacher edit conferences ; additional edit/journal time

F- Final draft due – 1/3 of class shares; revision day for old drafts
M-Begin Letter to Self final project

W- Use p. 270 – 275 editing sheets and worksheets

F- final drafts due NEXT WEEK – work day; revision day for old drafts
M- additional work day

W- final drafts due – sent home with date to open

F- last class journaling – final day to share – (do not share letter to self)
DESCRIPTIONS AND DIRECTIONS FOR TOPIC CLUSTERS, UNITS, CHAPTERS

DAY-BY-DAY LESSON PLANS

See above in curriculum map for daily/weekly class set-up.
  • Monday is journaling day – as many prompts as needed. Multiple prompts given on that day for inspiration. Prompts are based on timely events, current issues, interesting topics, and/or randomly picked out of one of the books listed in the materials sections.
  • Wednesday is editing day. Topics for editing will be picked out upon class needs. Possible topics include:
      • Sensory Language
      • Similes/Metaphors/figurative language
      • Adding dialogue to a journal
      • Basic grammar edits/conventions
      • Adding second and third order details
      • Using humor in writing
    • On Wednesdays, students will also work on editing their journals into final draft form. Students will hand in one journal piece a week that is typed in proper final draft form. Students will probably have 2 -3 journals from the week and will need to choose which topic would be best for a final draft. Journals will be graded, teacher edited, and returned. Students will have time to revise old drafts (if needed) and the opportunity to re-edit and/or add on to old drafts at any time.
    • Wednesday is also teacher conference day in order to allow students editing/revision help from the teacher.
  • Fridays - Students are required to share one journal about every 3 weeks. This creates a sense of community and gives a purpose for their writing. It also creates a want to succeed and edit further to impress peers and the teacher in the audience.