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ERIC Number: ED442109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 163
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-7619-7612-4
Using Journals with Reluctant Writers: Building Portfolios for Middle and High School Students.
Abrams, Scott
An effective language arts tool for teachers, especially those who teach at-risk, alternative, and special education students, this guidebook is designed to inspire even the most reluctant writers. The guide is organized so that journal topics are followed by non-revealing, non-threatening exercises to introduce writing as a means of expression and to allow students to test teacher reactions. Positive teacher responses then encourage students to move on to material that requires more personal reflection and further elaboration. Whether they use the journals for daily practice or weekly assignments, with this guide teachers can effectively lead students through critical thinking, self-discovery, and ultimately, more relevant and proficient writing. The guide can also assist teachers and students in creating a complete language arts portfolio. Highlights include the following: topical, chapter-opening quotes that instill deeper self-reflection; multiple questions for each topic to encourage more in-depth responses; suggested readings for more comprehensive assignments; suggested videos for each journal topic; flexible format for daily entries or weekly assignments; and 45 journal topics for weekly assignments throughout the academic year. (NKA)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A