~Journal Entry Topics~

2017

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Journal Entry #1

Date: 1/23/17

Topic: Meeting Mrs. Hatzi

Directions: In class only. If you were absent, copy someone else's entry or write 1/2 page on a topic of your choice. Click here for some topics.

 

Journal Entry #2

Date: 1/24/17

Topic: Getting to Know Your Classmates

Directions: In class only. If you were absent, write 1/2 page on a topic of your choice. Click here for some topics.

 

Journal Entry #3

Date: 1/24/17

Topic: Memorable Teacher

Directions: Write about a teacher or coach you remember. Minimum 1/2 page.

 

Journal Entry #4

Date: 1/26/17

Topic: Multiple Choice Classmate Questions

Directions: Write two to four of your own multiple choice questions that you think would be interesting and would help you to learn more about your classmates. Here's an example:

If you could go on vacation to one of these places, would you rather go to . . .
A. Hawaii
B. Mexico
C. Europe
D. Disneyland.

 

Journal Entry #5

Date: 1/30/17

Topic: Books

Directions: Write about a book or series of books or genre of books or author that you like. Minimum 1/2 page.

 

Journal Entry #6

Date: 2/8/17

Topic: Response to "Veto on Video Games"

Directions: Use your notes from the "Veto on Video Games" evidence chart to write a response to the article. Respond to at least three of the different points that the author made in the article. Minimum 1/2 page.

 

Journal Entry #7

Date: 2/9/17

Topic: Cookie Challenge

Directions: Make a two-column chart on your paper. Label the left side FACTS and the right side OPINIONS. Make a list of at least four facts and four opinions about your cookie. (If you were absent and are doing this at home, write about any food product you want.) At the bottom of the page, write a paragraph to persuade me that your cookie (food item) is the best. Try and use at least three different types of evidence.

 

Journal Entry #8

Date: 2/14/17

Topic: Facts and Opinions in "Tejano Soul of San Antonio."

Directions: Make a two column chart. Label the left side FACTS and the right side OPINIONS. Make a list of at least five facts and five opinions expressed in the article.

 

Journal Entry #9

Date: 2/14/17

Topic: Favorite Place

Directions: Write about a place that you love, the way Ms. Cisneros did in "Tejano Soul." Try and use a balance of facts and opinions as you describe this place and why you like it so much. Minimum 1/2 page.

 

Journal Entry #10

Date: 2/16/17

Topic: Summary and Response to "Fact vs. Opinion: Know the Difference" [PDF]

Directions:

 

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Journal Entry #11

Date: 2/21

Topic: "Mirror, Mirror . . ."

Directions:

 

Journal Entry #12

Date: 2/23

Topic: Should Kids Play Competitive Sports?

Directions: Write a flash draft on the topic - should kids play competitive sports? Why or why not? Challenge yourself to write for 8 minutes without stopping.

 

Journal Entry #13

Date: 3/2

Topic: What surprised you about "Yeti-like Monster"?

Directions: Read article “Yeti-like Monster Gives Staid Town in Illinois a Fright” [PDF]. Then write a paragraph describing three things from the article that surprised you and explain why you found those things surprising. You might want to use the sentence starters from the Notice & Note Nonfiction hand-out in your English Folder (green sheet).

 

Journal Entry #14

Date: 3/6

Topic: PROS/CONS/OTHERS Chart - Should Kids Play Competitive Sports

Directions:Create a T-chart. Label the left side "PROS" and the right side "CONS." Leave a space at the bottom of the page for "OTHER." Transfer your margin notes from the article "Are Competitive Sports Bad for Kids?" [PDF] into your chart.

 

Journal Entry #15

Date: 3/13

Topic: Favorite Sport

Directions: Write about a favorite sport that you like to participate in or watch. Explain why you like the sport. What makes you want to continue watching or participating? Minimum 1/2 page.

 

Journal Entry #16

Date: 3/16

Topic: PROS/CONS/OTHERS Chart - Should Kids Play Competitive Sports

Directions: Create a T-chart. Label the left side "PROS" and the right side "CONS." Leave a space at the bottom of the page for "OTHER." Transfer your margin notes from the articles "What Playing Sports Teaches Kids . . ." [PDF] and Listening to Wisdom from a Ten Year Old Son . . ." [PDF].

 

Journal Entry #17

Date: 3/21

Topic: PROS/CONS/OTHERS Chart - Should Kids Play Competitive Sports

Directions: Create a T-chart. Label the left side "PROS" and the right side "CONS." Leave a space at the bottom of the page for "OTHER." Read and annotate the article "Pushing Too Hard Too Young" [PDF] using sticky notes. Transfer the sticky notes to your chart. Go on to the back of the paper, if necessary.

 

Journal Entry #18

Date: 3/23

Topic: - PROS/CONS/OTHERS Chart - Should kids play competitive sports?

Directions: After choosing a position for your argument, read and annotate EITHER "Sports Teach Kids Valuable Lessons" [PDF] OR "Give Children Variety and Time Off" [PDF]. Transfer your margin notes into your journal.

 

Journal Entry #19

Date: 3/29

Topic: Notes - Should kids play competitive sports?

Directions: Read one or two online articles on whether kids should or shouldn't play competitive sports. Find articles and videos on this page. Remember you're looking for evidence to support your position. Voices of authority and numbers and statistics are always good choices. Write your notes in your journal. Be sure to keep track of your sources on your journal page or on your Sources sheet.

 

Journal Entry #20

Date: 3/30

Topic: Notes - Should kids play competitive sports?

Directions: Read one or two online articles on whether kids should or shouldn't play competitive sports. Find articles and videos on this page. Remember you're looking for evidence to support your position. Voices of authority and numbers and statistics are always good choices. Write your notes in your journal. Be sure to keep track of your sources on your journal page or on your Sources sheet.

 

 

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Journal Entry #21

Date: 4/3

Topic: Boxes & Bullets - Argument Essay Plan

Directions: Create a plan for your argument essay using the Boxes and Bullets format.

 

Journal Entry #22

Date: 4/5

Topic: Planning an Argument in Formal Outline Structure

Directions: Create a formal sentence outline for the three body paragraphs of your competitive sports essay. Use your boxes and bullets plan (JE #21) and the models in your English Folder to help guide you.

 

Journal Entry #23 (Periods A, B, C, and F)

Date: 4/6

Topic: Using Quotes

Directions: Find two quotes that you could add to your outline and write them as discussed in class. Make sure to 1) Transition In, 2) Quote, 3) Cite, and 4) Discuss. Refer to your English Folder for examples.

Journal Entry #23 (Period E)

Date: 4/6

Topic: Essay Flash Draft

Directions: Essay Flash Draft: Using your outline and quotes, (JEs #22 & 23) as guides, write a flash draft of the three body paragraphs for your essay on competitive sports. Remember to incorporate two quotations into your draft, as well as transitional words and phrases to connect ideas.

 

Journal Entry #24 (Periods A, B, C, and F)

Date: 4/18

Topic: Essay Flash Draft

Directions: Essay Flash Draft: Using your outline and quotes, (JEs #22 & 23) as guides, write a flash draft of the three body paragraphs for your essay on competitive sports. Remember to incorporate two quotations into your draft, as well as transitional words and phrases to connect ideas.

Journal Entry #24 (Periods E)

Date: 4/18

Topic: Using Quotes

Directions: Find two quotes that you could add to your outline and write them as discussed in class. Make sure to 1) Transition In, 2) Quote, 3) Cite, and 4) Discuss. Refer to your English Folder for examples.

 

Journal Entry #25

Date: 4/19/17

Topic: Competitive Sports Essay Introduction

Directions: Using the examples in your English Folder to guide you, write a draft of an introduction for your competitive sports essay. Remember that your introductory paragraph needs to have the following parts:

 

Journal Entry #26

Date: 4/19/17

Topic: Competitive Sports Essay Conclusion

Directions: Using the examples in your English Folder to guide you, write a draft of a conclusion for your competitive sports essay. Remember that your concluding paragraph needs to have a summary statement that restates the main points of your claim and a strong finish at the end.

 

Journal Entry #27

Date: 1/20/17

Topic: Addressing a Counterargument

Directions: Find a place in the body of your essay (Journal Entry #24) where you can address a counterclaim. Write a flash draft of the revised paragraph in your journal.

 

Journal Entry #28

Date: 4/25/17

Topic: Creating a Works Cited page.

Directions: Create a Works Cited page for your competitive sports essay. You should have eight sources. Use your Sources Page and hand-outs from your English Folder to help you.

 

Journal Entry #29

Date: 4/26/17

Topic: Self Assessment Form

Directions: Fill out the Self-Assessment form for your sports essay. This is only available in class.

 

Journal Entry #30

Date: 4/26/17

Topic: Self-Reflection Questions

Directions: 1) What parts of writing your essay came easily to you? What are you proud of? (1 paragraph); 2) What parts of writing your essay did you find challenging? What do you still need help with? (1 paragraph); and 3) Write 3 - 5 specific goals for the next essay that you're going to write. What do you want to work on? What are you going to try and do better?

 

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Journal Entry #31

Date: 4/27

Topic: Reading Assessment Results

Directions: After the Reading Assessment, write down the following information:

 

Journal Entry #32

Date: 5/1

Topic: Pros/Cons/Others Chart for Argument Essay

Directions: Start reading and researching for your argument essay. You will have three days to read 4 - 6 articles. Make a PROS / CONS / OTHER chart to keep track of your notes as you read. Remember to keep track of your sources--this time, on a piece of binder paper. You can find the articles online here --> http://mrshatzi.com/essay-topic-links.htm .

 

Journal Entry #33

Date: 5/2

Topic: Prediction Chart

Directions: Make a three column chart. Label the columns: Predict/Support/Wonder. Make four predictions about your Literature Circle book in the Predict column. Explain what you're basing each prediction on in the Support column. Ask a question about the story that's related to your prediction in the Wonder column. Example--Predict: The book is going to involve a family with three sisters. Support: I'm basing my prediction on the three girls who look alike on the cover. Wonder: I wonder how old the girls are.

 

Journal Entry #34

Date: 5/4

Topic: Evidence Notes for Argument Essay

Directions:

 

Journal Entry #35

Date: 5/9

Topic: Boxes and Bullets Plan for Argument Essay

Directions:Write a boxes and bullets plan for your argument essay. Refer to your English Folder to help you. Be sure to include at least one quote and one statistic, and a paragraph plan that addresses and rebuts a counterclaim.

 

Journal Entry #36

Date: 5/10

Topic: Formal Outline for Argument Essay

Directions: Using your boxes and bullets plan from JE #35, create a sentence outline for the body paragraphs of your essay ( II, III, and IV). Refer to your English folder to help you. Be sure to include a plan to address and rebut a counterargument and to include at least one quote and one statistic in your body paragraphs.

 

Journal Entry #37

Date: 5/11

Topic: Character Chart

Directions: 1) On the front side of your paper, brainstorm a list of character trait words that you think would describe your story's main character at the beginning of the book. 2) On the back of the paper, write one or two related words that you think best describes your character. Divide your paper into fourths. Label the top left - WORDS. Label the top right - ACTIONS. Label the bottom left THOUGHTS/FEELINGS. Label the bottom right - COMMENTS BY OTHERS / NARRATOR. In each section, write examples and quotations from the story that gives evidence to support your choice of character trait words. Be sure to keep track of page numbers where you find your evidence.

 

Journal Entry #38

Date: 5/15

Topic: Formal Sentence Outline: Argument Essay Introduction

Directions: Using the examples in your English Folder to guide you, write a formal outline plan for the introduction of your argument essay. Refer to the examples in your English Folder to help you. It should be structured like this:

I. Introduction

A. Lead: Should include an interesting lead to gain the reader's attention.

B. Background: Include some background information about the topic including a look at the other side of the issue.

C. Thesis Statement: Add a thesis statement that states your position and forecasts the reasons behind your argument.

 

Journal Entry #39

Date: 5/15

Topic: Formal Sentence Outline: Argument Essay Conclusion

Directions: Using the examples in your English Folder to guide you, write a formal outline plan for the introduction of your argument essay. Refer to the examples in your English Folder to help you. It should be structured like this:

V. Conclusion

A. Summary Statement: A summary statement that re-emphasizes your position and the two main points.

B. Strong Finish: Do one or more of the following -- discuss the topic's significance, offer alternatives, makes connections, or make a call to action.

 

Journal Entry #40

Date: Ongoing

Topic: Sources Page

Directions: Turn in the paper you've been using to keep track of the sources you've used for research on your Argument Essay.

 

 

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Journal Entry #41

Date: 5/23

Topic: Leaving Home

Directions: If you were absent, write two paragraphs on the following topics: Paragraph #1 - Imagine that you were forced to leave your home suddenly and could only take one medium sized suitcase that you would have to carry. What would you pack into the suitcase? Explain why you chose what you did. Paragraph #2 - You can only bring two family members with you (no pets.) Who would you bring and why?

 

Journal Entry #42

Date: 5/24

Topic: 4.1 Miles

Directions: Watch documentary 4.1 Miles. Part I - While watching, take notes on the Three Big Questions: 1) What surprised you? 2) What did the author think you already knew? 3) What changed, challenged, or confirmed your thinking?

 

Journal Entry #43

Date: 5/25

Topic: LC Book - Character in the Beginning

Directions: Create a sentence outline for the first body paragraph of your Response to Literature Essay on the main character of your LC book. You are planning a paragraph that describes what the main character is like at the beginning of the book. Use details from your character chart (JE #37) to support your claim. Here are a couple of examples.

 

Journal Entry #44

Date: 5/26

Topic: Compare/Contrast Story Characters

Directions: Write a paragraph in which you discuss how Maijue from "An Unforgettable Journey" is similar or different from the main character in your Lit Circle book. Minimum 1/2 page. You can read the story by clicking here.

 

Journal Entry #45

Date: 5/31

Topic: In the Mix - Teen Immigrants

Directions: Divide your paper into four quadrants. Label the upper left square Who They Are. In the upper right square, label Reasons for Leaving. In the bottom left square label Challenges. And in the lower right square label What Makes America Great. During the film take notes about the these teenage immigrants to the United States. If you're absent, go to this page and read and take notes on four immigrants.

 

Journal Entry #46

Date: 6/1

Topic: Response to Literatures - Cause/Effect Chart

Directions: Make a Cause / Effect Chart. Divide your paper into two columns. On the left side, make notes describing in detail the two most important events in your Literature Circle book. In the right side, explain the impact those events had on your character. What two events from the story had the most dramatic effect on your character and caused him/her to change? The chart below gives you an example. Here are two more examples.

 

Journal Entry #47

Date: 6/1

Topic: Response to Literature Essay - Important Events

Directions: Use your notes from JE #45 to write two sentence outlines that describe two important events from the story and the effect they had on the main character. You can find two examples here.

 

Journal Entry #48

Date: 6/5

Topic: LC Book - Introduction Outline

Directions: Create a sentence outline for the introduction of your Response to Literature Essay [PDF]. The introduction must include 1) background information about the story: book title, author, genre, setting (where and when the story takes place), name of main character, and the problem he/she is facing, 2) brief plot summary (one to three sentences), and 3) a thesis statement.

If you need help with the thesis statement, rewrite the following sentence, filling in the blanks with character trait words and information from your story: In the beginning of the story, _____ was _____, but he/she learns ___________, and by the end of the story he/she has become more _____. You can find some examples here.

 

Journal Entry #49

Date: 6/6

Topic: Self-Assessment - Argument Essay

Directions: Please answer the following questions using complete sentences.

 

Journal Entry #50

Date: 6/6

Topic: Response to Literature - Conclusion Outline

Directions: Write a sentence outline for the concluding paragraph of your Response to Literature essay. The conclusion should include: 1) a summary statement that restates the thesis in a new way 2) a description of how the main character has changed by the end of the story, and 3) a discussion of the theme of the story. What is the author trying to say to us about life and/ or the world around us through the character's experiences? You can find some examples here.