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Prewriting for Learning Logs

A learning log is a special journal for exploring your thoughts about your school subjects. You might write about a topic that your teacher presented in class. Or you might ask questions about an idea you don't understand.

The writing you do in a learning log is quick and ungraded, so there is no pressure to get it perfect. These activities will give you ideas for the types of writing you can do in learning logs.

Prewriting to Create Your Learning Log

Learning logs work best when you write in them regularly. Follow these steps to set up your own learning log. Then read a sample log.

  1. Divide a notebook into sections—create one section for each subject you will write about.
  2. Plan a time to write in your learning log each day. Write for a longer time about a subject that is difficult for you.
  3. Write freely and use your own words. Start by writing the date. Then put all your thoughts down. Write without stopping for at least 3 to 5 minutes.

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