Writing in a journal is an excellent way for students to practice their writing skills whether at home or in the classroom.Journal writing offers a chance for teachers or parents to evaluate a student’s spelling, punctuation and grammar but also over all organization skills like “does this student use good topic sentences at the beginning of each paragraph?
Writing in a journal is an excellent way for students to practice their writing skills whether at home or in the classroom. Journal writing offers a chance for teachers or parents to evaluate a student’s spelling, punctuation and grammar but also over all organization skills like “does this student use good topic sentences at the beginning of each paragraph?”
There are journaling assignments where in students are asked to just write without any topic given. This is a valid use of journal writing that allows students to “share” excitement or “vent” frustration much like the way one would use a diary. On the other hand, giving journal writing assignments or writing prompts is also a valid way to encourage student’s to attempt a variety of types of writing.
For example, if the age appropriate writing goals include compare and contrast writing, a good writing prompt might be “Which was the best lunch and why? Was Monday’s meatloaf or Tuesday’s chicken noodle soup better?” For older student’s or advanced writers the compare and contrast question could obviously be more complex.
At home or at school it is always a good idea to use recent events as writing prompts such as a movie you’ve seen or a fire drill.
For example, “Write a review of the movie Despicable Me and convince readers whether or not they should g see it.” Or, list all of the safety steps to follow when you here a fire alarm in classroom 36B.”
Here are 10 ideas for writing prompts for the month of October based on seasons, holidays and likely activities and readings for the month of October. Answers to journal writing prompts should always be written in complete sentences and in a paragraph form.
1. Write a short story that begins with arriving at a peach orchard and ends with a pie.
2. What household items could you use to create a robot costume for Halloween?
3. How does the earth change in fall?
4. How does your life change in autumn?
5. Use facts you remember to write a summary of the life of Christopher Columbus.
6. Is it accurate to say that Columbus discovered America? Why or why not?
7. Imagine that people don’t hand out candy to trick or treaters on Halloween. Decide what else they might hand out and how it would change the trick or treating traditions.
8. You are two months into the new school year. What is your favorite subject and why?
9. Write a rhyming poem about leaves.
10. Write a short story about a pumpkin that yells out “Don’t even think about it!” when your family gets ready to carve it into a jack-o-lantern.