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Offline dmack15

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How about student journals?
« on: February 13, 2015, 03:19:10 PM »
I reviewed a website called :
The site displays a varied number of topics for writing in journals.
Many are quite thought provoking and encourage the students' imaginations.
One example is: " The Year in Topics" with a sample graph of twitter topics for 2014.
The question for journaling is: "on a scale of 1-10, how likely are you to recommend 2014 to a friend?"
Goal: To inspire creative writing and imaginative thinking.
         To use a method example they are familiar with i.e. Twitter.
         To allow students to write freely from their own perspectives.
         To encourage community by reading aloud their writing in class.
         To practice their vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure.

Plan: Make a copy of the graph and question on Power Point.
         List the following questions below for them to answer.

         1) RE: Recommendation of 2014 to a friend:
                   (Yes)- Why or (No) Why not?
         2) What do you believe was the most important issue in the news that year? Why?
         3) Describe a topic you feel should have gotten more attention.
         4) List one thing you might do personally to help a problem situation in the news graph.

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Re: How about student journals?
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2015, 11:08:44 AM »
We talk a lot about Extensive Reading in courses, but not so much about Extensive Writing.  Journals are a great example of that.  Not necessarily writing for accuracy, but just writing--writing a lot!  This can be a great addition to any writing course!
Randall Sadler, Site Owner
Asst. Prof, Linguistics, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Offline ChrisHuh

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Re: How about student journals?
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2015, 10:19:23 PM »
     I really like the idea of journals as writing practice. It gives students a place to write freely and gain a fluency in their writing.  From another perspective, the authors of “From Reader to Reading Teacher” point out that journals can also be used as a way of assessing students’ reading as well.  Aebersold & Field (1997) suggest using journals as a way of “monitoring comprehension, making comprehension visible, fitting in new knowledge, applying knowledge, and gaining language proficiency” (p. 168).  Depending on the level, the teacher can assign different prompts related to the reading.   The journals could be written in a notebook and reviewed by the teacher, but I think that blogs could be a good medium for journals and they also can incorporate an interactional feature of the journals.  Students can write their journals, but they can also read their classmates’ journal entries, leave comments and interact virtually.   
Aebersold, J., & Field, M.L. (1997).  From reader to reading teacher. New York, New York: Cambridge University Press.