Keeping a journal – a writing activity

Keeping a journal

Keeping a written record of what students have done each day, have thought about, or imagined can be a good way to train their writing skills. This activity teaches students to keep writing regularly in a journal . The materials needed are notebooks and pens. The journal is to be handed in to the teacher on regular basis ( once a week / a fortnight/ month.) The teacher should not over correct students writing as this may discourage them. Some succinct comments, however, are welcome.

The activity:

  • Tell students that they should keep a journal.
  • Tell them that they are free to write about whatever they want.
  • They should not care about the length of their production. Their writing may be one sentence long :)!  or it may enclose a number of paragraphs.

Prompts:

Sometimes students get lost about what they may write about. It would be wise to give them ideas to help them get started. Here are some prompt ideas:

  • Telling about oneself
    What happened on my way to school
    What I did last night / last weekend
    What I am doing tonight /or next weekend
    The funniest thing I ever saw was…
    Let me tell you about…
    I like to …for many reasons.
    I know how to …. First…
    I just learned facts about…
    Let me tell you about…
    It’s fun to …. First you…
    Many changes happen to …as they grow.
    Let me tell you about my dream school…
    Let me tell you about my dream teacher…
    These are the things I would like to change about myself.
    What I really enjoy doing.
    What really bothers me
    What really excites me
    What really frightens me
    What really astonishes me
    My worst concern is…
    I feel miserable  when…
    The most frightening thing I ever saw was…
    My favorite movie is …
    My favorite tv program is …
    My favorite subject is …
    My least favorite subject is …
    When my neighbors moved away
    I really hate it when…
    I remember when I was …years old and…
    I remember when I first ate … and…
    I remember when I first met …and…
    When I get old…
    Ten things I want to do in my life time are the following…
    Love / friendship /happiness  is…
    When I leave school…
    My most embarrassing moment
    My favorite trip
    In 20 years, I will be…
    My worst mistake was…
  • Fantasizing
    My pet turned into a monster….
    I woke up this morning the size of a mouse…
    I woke up one morning and everything was strange…
    My pet talked to me …
    My dog thinks he is an artist
    My friend the giant
    My talking pen told me…
    My magic car…
    Suddenly I was invisible…
    The day my dog wore a jacket…
    The day I became a cloud…
    The day I flew…
    The day I became an angel/ a dentist/singer / artist…
    The day I met Robin hood…
    The night the Martians landed…
    Halloween night was…
    The night I saw a monster…
    The night the lights went out…
  • What if I . . .
    If I could fly I would…
    If I could have a worm farm…
    If I could move anywhere in the U.S. (world, state, etc)…
    If I could apologize to one person…
    If I could make all the rules…
    If I could speak to animals…
    If I could meet a star…
    If I could ride on the Magic School Bus…
    If I had 3 wishes, I would wish for…
    If I had $1,000,000…
    If I had a twin…
    If I had an airplane
    If I were stranded alone on an island / in an elevator…
    If I were trapped in an elevator…
    If I were stranded in the woods…
    If I were invisible…
    If I were the teacher…
    If I were principal…
    If I were a monster/bird/star, I would be…
    If I lived in a castle…
    If I lived in a cave…
    If I won the lottery
  • Telling about things
    My ball
    My desk
    My room
    My computer
    My dog house
    the tree next door
    Our kitchen
    My hide place
    My pen
    My bed
    Teddy bear
    Animals
    My shoes
    Aliens
    Pets
    Haunted houses
    Chores
    Homework
  • Talking about people
    Thieves
    Clowns
    George Washington
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Lincoln
    Columbus
    Thomas Alva Edison
    Benjamin Franklin
    Rosa Parks
    Leonardo da Vinci
    Picasso
    Salvador Dali
    Charlie Chaplin
    Children
    Doctors
    Teachers
    Scientists
    Lawyers
    Mechanics
    Artists
    Singers
    Writers
    Dancers
    Dentists
    Fire Fighters
    Police Officers
    Secretaries
    Actors
    Athletes
Keeping a written record of what students have done each day, have thought about, or imagined can be a good way to train their writing skills. This activity teaches students to keep writing regularly in a journal .

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