Journal requirements: 1 to 1 1/2 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman, your name and date. Journals will be graded with the 6 trait rubric.
Most Common Writing Errors: Refer to this when writing for projects or assignments.
Here are some topics, ideas, activities to choose from (or you may create your own): You may use one or more per entry.
1. Describe an experience you (or someone else you know) had that was like the experience of a character in the book.
2. Explain how a character in the book changed or is starting to change in the section you are responding to.
3. Explain why you would like to have one of the characters as a friend.
4. Create a diagram showing the setting of the story. (I’m marking for detail and accuracy not drawing talent!)
5. Sketch a scene in the book depicting a part of the plot (link) and explain why you chose to draw this scene.
6. Describe a feeling or emotion that you experienced as you were reading this section and what caused this feeling.
7. Write your opinion to a character’s action or reaction. What would you have done?
8. Write about a connection to another book you have read (think of similar characters, plots, settings and themes.
9. Write down a quote or passage that appeals to you. Describe why.
10. Write down three or four descriptive sentences that appeal to you and explain why.
11. Make a prediction of what is going to happen next.
12. Give your opinion of the author’s writing style? What images captured your interest? How did the author create suspense?