Journal Writing Tips
If you assign your students to keep journals, let them know you will be grading only how much writing they do. You won't grade correctness. The whole point of journal writing is to get students to write a lot, both in terms of time spent and words produced. By grading quantity instead of quality, you encourage your students to develop fluency: the ability to make ideas flow.
Lead your students through the tips on this page. Then have a volunteer read the sample journal entry, which talks about the writer's day. Help students understand that journals help them think about their lives.
Have students write a practice journal entry using this sentence starter: "The funniest thing that happened today was . . ."