~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]

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Journal Entry #11

Date: 2/21

Topic: "Mirror, Mirror . . ."

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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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