Today was picture day! Still, we spent a bit of time talking about the differences between journal writing and formal writing. I have uploaded the google slides.
Formal writing is writing where I expect a student to engage in a formal writing process, and where I'm grading based on all elements of the writing - structure, ideas, spelling, punctuation, organization, etc. Formal writing should be accomplished through a real writing process (brainstorm, outline, draft, revise).
Journal writing is free-form. The writing process is simply consider, ponder, wonder, think - then write. I call this "stream of consciousness writing. I am NOT looking for perfection, I am NOT looking for organization, I am not grading based specifically on punctuation, spelling, or grammar. I AM grading on really giving thought to the work. I am grading based on the mental effort shown in the work.
I let students know they would need a journal for my class that they will bring each day. Generally, journal writing will be done in that journal. Today, however, I asked students to write on a clean sheet of paper, a journal response to the following prompt:
Write ONE paragraph/page in response to the following prompt (your answer does NOT need to include answers to ALL of these questions, they are guiding questions to help “un-stuck” your thinking):
What is one book you’ve read (ever) that you really enjoyed or connected with? Why did you like or connect with this book? What about it was interesting to you? What about it did you not like? Did this book change the way you think about something?
This was turned in for a participation grade