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Writing: Reading Response Journals

This site provides numerous activities to engage students in writing response journals. Various formats such as blogging, paired journal writing, and using e-books are included. One site from National Geographic has webcams set up for students to observe animals and locations and journal about their findings.


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See this activity that pairs students to respond to literature in a shared journal. Students can respond to group read-aloud, independent reading, literature circles, or any instance in which students read the same text. This site provides a lesson for six 50-minute sessions.
Here is detailed instructions to discuss a literary work in a forum in which each student has a voice and a chance to share without being interrupted by others.
See this lesson for students using e-books and inserting digital notes into a book to record thoughts and ideas in response to the text.
This link provides a rubric to assess students' abilities in completing journal activities.
This site offers free blogging and web tools for teachers at any level. This is a free, secure and private environment with no advertising.
Here is a "webcomic" based on a TRUE story. Share the site with students on a whiteboard or have students independently complete the mystery. Students should keep a journal while they watch the webcomic to keep track of clues and details.
This lesson invites students to demonstrate comprehension by responding to open-ended questions based on the Newbery Award winner, Mr. Popper's Penguins.
This site, created and maintained by National Geographic, takes students to LIVE videos of many animals and places throughout the world. Students may keep journals on their observations, tie in "scientific observations" in their responses, or create a class wiki about the "live animal" fieldtrips.
Students send "Flat Stanley" or other item to participants. Complete directions for this project and use of a journal are included.
This link provides a page of sentence starters for journal writing. NOTE: This site contains ads.
These sites have information about diary and journal writing. There are examples of and how to's for writing diaries and journals. Includes writing prompts and lesson plans. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Teaching Tips: Using Online Journals and Blogs and Writing: Prompts.
These websites are about using weblogs in the classroom. There are websites where teachers and students can sign up for their own blogs for free. There are also several articles that explain how teachers are using blogs in the classroom. There are also lesson plans. Teachers should be especially cautious about giving out these links as students can access other blogs.

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