Journal Writing requirements

My 6th and 7th grade students are expected to write about 2 pages (back-to-back) in their journal every week.  I think the best way to be successful developing a writing routine is to write 10 minutes a day for 5-6 days a 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.  Students can write about any subject they choose, and in any genre (poetry and illustrations are encouraged; just write some extra pages to make up the difference).  Near the end of each quarter, students will have their journals graded by the amount they wrote.  Students who write 15 pages (back-to-back) each quarter will receive the full 50 writing points for this project (students should average about 300 words per page, about 4500 words total).  By the way, your journal is private - I will not read it unless given permission first.  And don't lose sight of the overall goal for journal writing: to improve your writing skills and to feel more comfortable writing.

* Students who scored a 50/50 on their Q2 Journal have the option to do an online blog (instead of a journal) for Quarter #3.  The writing requirement amount will be the same whether students choose to do a blog or journal (approx. 4500 words).

The Quarter #3 Journal is due Monday, March 23rd.