~Journal Entry Topics~

2018

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Journal Entry #1

Date: 1/22/18

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: 1/23/18

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: 1/23/18

Topic: Memorable Teacher

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

 

Journal Entry #4

Date: 1/24/18

Topic: I Am Poem

Directions: Write an I Am Poem. You can find directions and example here.

 

Journal Entry #5

Date: 1/25/18

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 #6

Date: 1/29/18

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 #7

Date: 2/7/18

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 #8

Date: 2/7/18

Topic: AutoBio Poem

Directions: Write an AutoBio Poem. You can find directions and examples here.

 

Journal Entry #9

Date: 2/14/18

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 five facts and five 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 #10

Date: 2/14/18

Topic: About Your Book

Directions: Tell me three things about the book you're reading: What is something interesting? What are you learning? What are you feeling?

 

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Journal Entry #11

Date: 2/15/18

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

Directions: PART I - 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. PART II - Use the ATAAC method to write a topic sentence. Use your article notes to write a paragraph summarizing the main ideas from the essay.

 

Journal Entry #12

Date: 2/15/18

Topic: Place and Time Poem

Directions: Write a poem about a favorite place and time. You can find directions and examples here.

 

Journal Entry #13

Date: 2/21/18

Topic: Opinions vs Facts Poem

Directions: Write a poem about opinions others may have about you and how you can counter them. You can find directions and examples here.

 

Journal Entry #14

Date: 2/22/18

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

Directions:

 

Journal Entry #15

Date: 2/28

Topic: Color Poem

Directions: Write about the sounds, smells, tastes, textures, sights, and feelings associated with a particular color. You can find directions and examples here.

 

Journal Entry #16

Date: 3/1

Topic: Summary and Response to "Mirror, Mirror..." [PDF]

Directions:

 

Journal Entry #17

Date: 3/6

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

Directions:Create a T-chart with space at the bottom of the page. Label the left side "PROS" and the right side "CONS." Label the space at the bottom "OTHER." Transfer your margin notes from "Are Competitive Sport Bad for Kids?" [PDF] and "Get off the Couch and Play" [PDF] to the chart.

 

Journal Entry #18

Date: 3/7

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

Directions: Create a T-chart with space at the bottom of the page. Label the left side "PROS" and the right side "CONS." Label the space at the bottom "OTHER." Transfer your margin notes from "Listening to Widsdom from a 10-Year-Old Son about His Head Injury" [PDF] and "What Playing Sports Teaches Kids . . ." [PDF] to your chart.

 

Journal Entry #19

Date: 3/14/18

Topic: Sports Poem

Directions: Click here for examples and directions.

 

Journal Entry #20

Date: 3/15

Topic: 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 you chose to read into your chart EITHER "Sports Teach Kids Valuable Lessons" [PDF] OR "Give Children Variety and Time Off" [PDF].

 

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Journal Entry #21

Date: 3/19

Topic: Favorite Sport

Directions: Write about a favorite sport or activity that you like to participate in or watch. Explain why you like the sport. What makes you want to continue watching or participating? Minimum 3/4 page.

 

Journal Entry #22

Date: 3/20

Topic: Should kids play competitive sports?

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

 

Journal Entry #23

Date: 3/20

Topic: BHH (Book/Head/Heart)

Directions: Write about the book you're reading. Tell me about 1) Something you find interesting; 2) Something you're learning; and 3) Something you're feeling. Refer to page 22 in your English Folder for additional writing ideas related to Book/Head/Heart. Minimum 3/4 page.

 

Journal Entry #24

Date: 3/21

Topic: Recipe Poem

Directions: Click here for examples and directions.

 

Journal Entry #25

Date: 3/26

Topic: Boxes and Bullets Plan for Competitive Sports Essay

Directions: Make a plan for the three body paragraphs of your competitive sports essay. Using boxes and bullets, plan how you're going to organize and discuss your ideas on competitive sports for kids.

 

Journal Entry #26

Date: 3/28

Topic: Outlining Practice

Directions: Using "The Best Pets are Pigs" as a model, create a topic outline for the topic: The Best _____ Are _____. Use correct outlining format. Click here for an example.

 

Journal Entry #27

Date: 3/29

Topic: The Best _____ Are _____ Formal Sentence Outline

Directions: - Use the ideas from the topic outline you created in JE #26 and write a correctly formatted sentence outline. Be sure to add transitional words and phrases and use complete sentences. Click here for an example.

 

Journal Entry #28

Date: 4/10

Topic: Where I'm From Poem

Directions: Find directions and examples here and here.

 

Journal Entry #29

Date: 4/11

Topic: Making Quotations Work for You

Directions:

 

Journal Entry #30

Date: 4/12

Topic: BHH (Book/Head/Heart)

Directions: Write about the book you're reading. Tell me about 1) Something you find interesting; 2) Something you're learning; and 3) Something you're feeling. Refer to page 22 in your English Folder for additional writing ideas related to Book/Head/Heart. Minimum 3/4 page.

 

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Journal Entry #31

Date: 4/16

Topic: Formal Sentence Outline for Competitive Sports Essay

Directions: Create a formal sentence outline for the three body paragraphs of your competitive sports essay (II, III, and IV). Use your boxes and bullets plan (JE #25) and the models in your English Folder to help guide you.

 

Journal Entry #32

Date: 4/17

Topic: Introduction and Conclusion for the Competitive Sports Essay - Sentence Outline

Directions:

 

Journal Entry #33

Date: 4/18

Topic: Counterargument for Competitive Sports Essay

Directions: Find a place in your essay (Journal Entry #31) where you can address a counterclaim. Write a flash draft of the revised paragraph in your journal. Use the examples on pages 45 and 46 in your English Folder to help you.

 

Journal Entry #34

Date: 4/19

Topic: Works Cited Page Sample

Directions: Copy the Works Cited page found in the Lit Book on page 647 exactly as written. Click here to see a copy of the Lit Book page.

 

Journal Entry #35

Date: 4/19

Topic: If I Were in Charge of the World Poem

Directions: Write an "If I Were in Charge of the World" poem. You can find the template and examples here.

 

Journal Entry #36

Date: 4/24

Topic: Emotions/Sensory Poem

Directions: Find directions and examples here.

 

Journal Entry #37

Date: 4/25

Topic: Works Cited Page Example

Directions: Create a Works Cited page using the information from the Works Cited Page worksheet. We did this entirely in class together. See Mrs. Hatzi for a copy that you can rewrite into your journal if you were absent.

 

Journal Entry #38

Date: 4/25

Topic: Works Cited Page for Competitive Sports Essay

Directions: Create a Works Cited page for your competitive sports essay. You should have a minimum of six sources.

 

Journal Entry #39

Date: 4/26

Topic: Self-Assessment for Competitive Sports Essay.

Directions:

 

Journal Entry #40

Date: 5/1

Topic: Pros/Cons/Others Chart - Argument Essay

Directions: You will have four 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 or another way that works for you.

 

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Journal Entry #41

Date: 5/3

Topic: Evidence Notes for your Argument Essay

Directions:

 

Journal Entry #42

Date: 5/7

Topic: Inside Poem

Directions: Check here for directions and examples.

 

Journal Entry #43

Date: 5/8

Topic: Boxes and Bullets Plan - Argument Essay

Directions: Write a boxes and bullets plan for your argument essay. Refer to your English Folder, pages 31 and 32 for examples 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 #44

Date: 5/9

Topic: Formal Sentence Outline - Body Paragraphs - Argument Essay

Directions: Using your boxes and bullets plan from JE #43, 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 #45

Date: 5/9

Topic: Formal Sentence Outline - Introduction & Conclusion - Argument Essay

Directions: Using the examples in your English Folder to guide you, write a formal outline plan for the introduction and conclusion 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.

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 #46

Date: 5/10

Topic: Predict / Support / Wonder Chart

Directions: Make a three column chart. Label the columns: Predict/Support/Wonder. Make four predictions about your Book Club 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 #47

Date: 5/11

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 #48

Date: 5/14/18

Topic: Teen Immigrants

Directions: This was done in class. If you were absent, go to this page and read and take notes on four immigrants.

 

Journal Entry #49

Date: 5/14/18

Topic: Season Poems

Directions: You can find examples and ideas here.

 

Journal Entry #50

Date: 5/17/18

Topic: Book Club Character Chart

Directions: 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. 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 give evidence to support your choice of character trait words. Be sure to keep track of page numbers where you find your evidence.

 

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Journal Entry #51

Date: 5/24/18

Topic: Response to Lit Essay - Character in the Beginning

Directions: Write a paragraph that describes what the main character of your story is like at the beginning of the book. Use details from your character chart (JE #50) to support your claim. Here is an example:

From A Christmas Carol:
In the beginning of the novel, Scrooge is a mean-spirited man who lacks compassion.  First of all, Scrooge doesn’t believe in celebrating Christmas. When his nephew invites him to Christmas dinner, he refuses the invitation and says “Bah, humbug.”  Scrooge thinks that “. . . every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart” (10).  Secondly, he doesn’t treat Bob Cratchit very well.  He doesn’t pay him enough money, and he expects Bob to work on Christmas Day.  Scrooge also refuses to give a donation to the poor.  He thinks they should go to the prisons and workhouses, and if they don’t want to, they should “die and decrease the surplus population” (13).  All in all, Scrooge is a cold-hearted, mean old man when the story starts.

 

Journal Entry #52

Date: 6/4

Topic: Response to Literature Essay - Cause / Effect Chart

Directions: Make a Cause / Effect Chart for the Response to Literature Essay. Divide your paper into two columns. On the left side, make notes describing in detail the two most important events in your Book Club 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 #53

Date: 6/4/18

Topic: Response to Literature Essay - Important Events

Directions: Using your notes from JE #53, write two paragraphs that describe two important events from the story and the effect they had on the main character. You can find an example here:

From A Christmas Carol:

One of the important events that has a strong effect on Scrooge occurs when the Spirit of Christmas Past comes to visit Scrooge. The Spirit shows Scrooge his younger self at a boarding school where he has been left all alone at Christmas; all the other boys have gone for the holidays. The young Scrooge has no one but story characters in his imagination to keep him company. Quickly, the scene changes, and we see Scrooge as a young man, alone again at the same boarding school. But this time, Fan, Scrooge’s little sister has come to take Scrooge home. She has convinced their hard-hearted father to allow Scrooge to come home “for good and for all” (72). Scrooge is reminded of how much Fan loved and cared for him. He understands that he needs to be kinder to those who are less fortunate. Moreover, he realizes he can keep his sister’s memory alive by staying close to Fan’s son, Fred, and his family.

 

Journal Entry #54

Date: 6/5/18

Topic: Response to Literature Essay - Character at the End and Theme

Directions: Write a paragraph in which you discuss 1) how the main character has changed by the end of the story, and 2) 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? Here's an example:

From A Christmas Carol:

During the story, Scrooge changes from a cold, heartless man to someone who cares about others. First of all, he is friendlier to those around him. For example, he says “Merry Christmas” to the people he passes on the street, and he goes to church and pats children on the head. He also treats Bob Cratchit better. Scrooge starts by purchasing a huge turkey for the Cratchits’ Christmas dinner. Then Scrooge gives Bob a raise and lets him buy some more coal to heat the office. In addition, Scrooge endeavors to help the poor. He makes a surprisingly large donation to charity, and he gives handouts to the beggars on the street. Dickens is trying to show us that it’s important to keep the spirit of Christmas in our hearts all through the year by being open to our friends, families, and co-workers, and by being as thoughtful and generous to others as we possibly can. What matters most in life are not our material possessions, but the love that we give to others and that we allow others to give us in return.

 

Journal Entry #55

Date: 6/5/18

Topic: Place Poems.

Directions: Place Poems. Find ideas and examples here.