Journal

There are many sites with plenty of topics for your journal. Here are three:

  1. Can Teach
  2. Journal Topics
  3. Freeology.com

For many students, writing a journal is a daunting task. When given a completely clean slate, they wonder what in the world can they write about. Topics generally drift to the mundane:

Today I got up. I really didn’t want to get up, but I had to. I went to school thinking I wouldn’t survive it. English was horrid: Mr. Scott talked about journals and I just hate this thing. Math was okay: Mrs. Merck was in a good mood. Science was fun and social studies was pretty interesting, so all in all, it was a decent day.

One way you can improve your journal writing is to add some details: use literary devices, sensory details, and action verbs to add depth:

Today I got up. Rather, I felt like only sheer will power hoisted me up. I really dreaded getting up, but I had to. I stumbled to school thinking I wouldn’t survive it. English was horrid: Mr. Scott jabbered on and on about journals and I just detest this thing. Math was okay: Mrs. Merck was in a good mood. Science was fun and  social studies was pretty interesting, so all in all, it was a decent day.

Next, try adding some background details. Ask yourself, “Why?”; then answer that question.

Today I got up. Rather, I felt like only sheer will power hoisted me up. I really dreaded getting up because it’s Monday, and absolutely no one likes Monday. Even the cheerfulest, happiest people are grumpy on Monday. I got up, in short, because I had to. I stumbled to school thinking I wouldn’t survive it: rumor had it there was going to be a test in math, and I just knew English was going to be painful. Mr. Scott said yesterday that we’d be working on journals, and I hate them.

Much of the day was exactly like I anticipated: English was horrid: Mr. Scott jabbered on and on about journals and I just detest this thing. Math was okay: Mrs. Merck was in a good mood because the previous period had done really well on their test. Science was fun (we worked on rockets) and  social studies was pretty interesting (we learned how laws are actually made), so all in all, it was a decent day.

And so, a simple sixty-six word entry, with some thoughtful writing, can actually be a 168-word masterpiece.

5 Comments



  1. FANTASTIC !!! TQ VERY MUCH.


  2. Very helpful!


  3. IT REALLY USEFUL FOR ME TI DOMY JOURNAL THANKS???

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