Journal Topics


    Journal #1 - Thursday, August 22, 2019

    Write about three memorable things you did over summer.  Don't forget to copy the topic and skip a line before you write your response.  Write a minimum of 1/2 page in response to topic for each journal.

    Journal #2 - Tuesday, August 27

    In your own words, describe what it means to be kind, responsible, and reflective.  Make sure to give examples of each.

    Journal #3 - Thursday, August 29

     Free Topic Day!  For this journal, you may write on any topic of your choice.  Make sure you have a minimum of 1/2 page or longer.

     Journal #4 - Tuesday, September 3

    Which member (or members) of your family would make a good character for a book?  Explain why.

    Journal #5 - Thursday, September 5

    Describe what it would be like if your favorite book character lived next door to you.  

    Journal #6 - Tuesday, September 10

     What are some important choices that students need to make?  Explain these choices.

    Journal #7 - Thursday, September 12

    What things help you make the right choice?  What factors lead you to make poor choices?  Does making the wrong choice always lead to trouble?  Explain.

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    Journal #1 - Tuesday, September 17

    Describe what you think your life will be like ten years from now?

    Journal #2 - Thursday, September 19

    Think of a book or story you loved that does not have a sequel.  Write a letter to the author encouraging him or her to write a sequel.  You may use "Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto.

    Journal #3 - Tuesday, September 24

    Have you or someone you know ever been treated unfairly?  Explain the situation and how it was resolved (if it was resolved).  You may write about a real life experience or one you read about in a book.

    NO JOURNAL TODAY - Thursday, September 26

    Journal #4 - Tuesday, October 1

     What is the theme of "The Scholarship Jacket?"  Make sure to explain how you know this is the theme.  What evidence in the story lead you to this theme?

    Journal #5 - Thursday, October 3

    When you are faced with a choice between right and wrong, what influences your decision?  How often do you think about whether something is right or wrong before you decide what to do?

    Journal #6 - Tuesday, October 8

     Which character (or characters) can you connect with the most in your silent reading book?  Why?  Explain.

    Journal #7 - Thursday, October 10

    Free Topic Day!

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    Journal #1 - Tuesday, October 15

    Choose an event (or events) in your life that would make a good scene for a book.  Explain and describe the event.

    Journal #2 - Thursday, October 17

    Write a summary of the book you are currently reading.  What do you like or dislike about it?  Who are your favorite characters?  

    Journal #3 - Tuesday, October 22

    Free Topic Day!

    No journal on Thursday, October 24

    Journal #4 - Tuesday, October 29

     Schooled is about a boy who has been "homeschooled."  What do you know about homeschooling?  Do you know someone who was homeschooled?  What do you think it would be like?  Explain.

    Journal #5 - Thursday, October 31

    Free Topic Day!  Second one for this packet!

     Journal #6 - Tuesday, November 5

    Cap is a teenager who has no knowledge of the modern world.  Write about 3-5 things you feel he needs to know about, then explain why each of these things are important.

    Journal #7 - Thursday, November 7

    Rain always says, "Anger upsets the balance inside a person.  So when you yell at somebody, you're attacking yourself more than whoever you're yelling at. . . (p. 7)." What are better ways to vent anger?  Write about 3 ways.

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    Journal #1 - Tuesday, November 12

    Write about your 3-day weekend.

    Journal #2 - Thursday, November 14

    Describe Sophie Donnelly.  Now describe Hugh Winkleman and Naomi Erlanger.  Whare are they like as characters?

    Journal #3 - Tuesday, November 19

    What are your thoughts about Mr. Kasigi (Claverage Middle School's principal).  Should he be doing more to prevent the mistreatment that goes on at "C Average Middle School?"  What could he do differently?

    Journal #4 - Thursday, November 21

    Summarize Schooled from what we have read so far.

    Thanksgiving Break!

    Journal #5 - Tuesday, December 3

    Write about what you did over your break.

    Journal #6 - Thursday, December 5

    Describe the qualities you think a great book should have.

    Journal #7 - Tuesday, December 10

    Describe the best gift you ever gave to someone.  Why was it such a great gift?  Do you agree that giving is better than receiving?

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    Journal #1 - Tuesday, January 7

    Write about your Winter Break (1/2 page or more).

    Journal #2 - Thursday, January 9

    "You can't change the world.  You can only change yourself." 

                                          -Beatrice Wood (American artist)

    Beatrice Wood was 102 years old when she gave this advice!  If you could change one thing about yourself today, what would it be and why?  And if you really could change one thing about the world today, what would it be and why?

    Journal #3 - Tuesday, January 14

    What does being kind, responsible, and reflective mean to you?  How can you do your part to do all three?

    Journal #4 - Thursday, January 16

    "The time is always right to do what is right."  - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    What do you think Dr. King meant by these words?  How can you do something that is right?  Give examples.

    Journal #5 - Tuesday, January 21

    "Hate is too great a burden to bear.  It injures the hater more than it injures the hated."  - Coretta Scott King (MLK's wife)

    Explain this quote in your own words.  Then explain how hate can injure the hater more than the hated.

    Journal #6 - Thursday, January 23

    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."  - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Explain the quote in your own words.  Now think of an example in history, news, or personal experience where good overcomes bad or when love is more powerful than hate.  

    Journal #7 - Tuesday, January 28

    Free Topic Day!

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    Journal #1 - Tuesday, February 4

    Write about an advertisement you have seen that was memorable.  What about the ad made you remember it?  Did you buy the product?  Why or why not?

    Journal #2 - Thursday, February 6

     Free Topic Day!

    Journal #3 - Tuesday, February 11

    Why do you think celebrities have significant influence on consumer choices (on what people buy)?  Explain.  Start with a topic sentence, give an example or examples, and explain/comment on what you believe.

    Journal #4 - Thursday, February 13

    Many of you voted for the topic "Kids should have less homework" in our survey last week.  What is your opinion on this issue?  Give reasons and supporting details.

    Journal #5 - Tuesday, February 18

    Write about your three-day weekend.

    Journal #6 - Thursday, February 20

    Many of you voted for the topic, "Should schools allow cell phones in class?"  What is your opinion on this issue?  Give reasons and supporting details.  Also, add ONE counterargument.  

    Journal #7 - Tuesday, February 25

    Many of you voted for the topic, "Schools days should start later."  What is your opinion on this issue?  Give reasons and supporting details.  Also, add ONE counterargument.  

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    Journal #1 - Thursday, February 27

     This week we read and discussed TikTok being used in schools and banning violent video games.  Pick either one of these topics and write your opinion about it.  Include your reasons and supporting details, then include a counterargument and a rebuttal.

    Journal #2 - Tuesday, March 3

     Should schools avoid selling junk foods in vending machines?  Or do you feel that it should be a student's choice on what he or she decides to buy?  Discuss your opinion, give your supporting details, include a counterargument and rebuttal.

    Journal #3 - Thursday, March 5

    Free Topic Day!

    Journal #4 - Tuesday, March 10

    What topic did you select for your argumentative essay?  Explain why you chose this topic and what you want to say about it.

    Journal #5 - Thursday, March 12

    What are your plans for Spring Break?  If you don't have plans yet, write about what you would like to do over your vacation.

    Journal #6 - Tuesday, March 24