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:
The Life of Pi is divided into THREE clear sections. Which section did you most enjoy/connect with, and why?
This was turned in at the end of the period.