Journal Expectations

Journal Writing Expectations:

8th grade: Journal 2.1 and 2.2 : TOW on "Words Matter"

8th grade: Journal 2.3: Rashad's Character. (2 pages, you can freewrite after prompt) As the novel opens, Rashad says, "Let me make this clear:I don't need ROTC. I didn't want to be part of a military family." But he joins anyway to make his father happy. What can you infer about his personality from this? Have you ever done something you didn't want to do in order to make someone else happy? Tell your story.

8th grade: Journal 2.4. Rashad and Quinn: Dynamic Characters: Is Rashad a dynamic character? How has he changed from what conflict? Is Quinn a dynamic character? How has he changed and from what conflict? What kind of friend would Rashad be to you? How would you behave if Quinn were your friend?





7th grade: Journal 2.1: Write about a time that you were really mad? What happened? what did you do? (2 pages, you may freewrite after you answer the prompt)

7th grade 2.2: What do you do when you disagree with your parents or caregivers? If you were the parent how would you discipline your children?(2 pages, you may freewrite after you answer the prompt)

7th grade 2.3: Write about a time that you were in competition with a friend. (Sports, Chess, Dance competition, video game, etc.) How did you feel? Did you want to win? Did you want your friend to do well too?  Why is it harder or easier to compete against a friend rather than someone you don't know?

7th grade 2.4: In response to the short story "Amigo Brothers" Find a section of the story that has dialogue between the two characters. What does it tell us about the relationship between Felix and Tony? What can you infer about their personalities? What kind of guy is Felix? What kind of guy is Tony? (guess according to clues from the story)How would the story be different if the writer just summarized what happens rather than have dialogue between the characters? Why do you like reading stories with dialogue or don't like reading stories with dialogue?















Journal for 7th and 8th grade          Journal Check #1 on Friday Sept. 7. Have your written responses to the prompts below ready to turn in.

Student Name

Tues August 28, 2018

Class Hour 

Journal Prompt #1 Write two single side pages. After you answer the questions you may freewrite

How is school going so far? What are you looking forward to this year? What are you worried about for this year? What was last year like?




Journal for 7th and 8th grade

Student Name

Thursday August 30, 2018

Class Hour 

Journal Prompt #2 A Trip Down Memory Lane- Write two single side pages


Write about a trip you took this summer or another time. Describe the people you saw, the food you ate, the places you visited, the smells, the weather etc. If you don't remember exacty you can make things up. Be creative; use the five senses: see, taste, touch, smell, hear.






Student Name

Tuesday Sept. 4, 2018


Class Hour 

                                                                                                 Journal Prompt #3 - Crazy time with friends - write two single pages


    Write about a time that you and your friends did something crazy together. If you don't have a real story you can make it up. Did you go sky diving? Scuba Diving? Traveled to Africa on Safari? Use first person perspective (I, we, us). Use your vocabulary words or some of your spelling words. If you finished the prompt you may free write the rest. (2 pages)


Student Name

Thursday Sept. 6, 2018

Class Hour 

                                                                                              Jour Prompt #4 Who has the power in our communities? - write two single pages (if you finished the prompt you can free write the rest)

     Describe the groups that you know about in your community. It could be sports teams, Scouts, Park Board, school, religioius group, etc. What groups are you a part of? Who are the leaders of those groups?




7th and 8th grade students are expected to write at least four single side pages in their journal every week.  

    We will have time for journal writing on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Language Arts, but students will likely have to do some of their journal writing at home.  

 I will usually give specific journal prompts that students will be required to turn in, but students will also have free choice journaling time as well.

Journaling will be checked every two weeks.  

Your goal for journal writing is to improve your writing skills, feel more comfortable writing, and Have Fun!