Mrs. Bondi ELA 5-6 Journal Entries 1. Each semester you will keep a

Mrs. Bondi
ELA 5-6
Journal Entries
Why is this important???
They give you an opportunity to express your opinion/interpretation, reflect on your learning,
act as a springboard for scintillating discussions, brainstorm ideas for incredible polished
writing, function as a self-discovery tool, AND the more you write, the better you get! 
1. Each semester you will keep a journal to record your thoughts, insights, reflections,
and opinions. Some journal entries will be written in class, and some will be
homework. For “in class” entries you will have 10-15 minutes to write once you have
received the writing prompt.
2. Each journal entry must be ONE FULL PAGE (unless indicated otherwise) to receive
credit/stamp. Handwriting size and spacing are taken into consideration. Note: if
you have addressed the writing prompt thoroughly and still do not have a full page,
you may complete the page with a topic of your choice.
3. Each journal entry (J.E.) must be numbered, titled, and dated at the top of the page.
E.g. J.E. #1 America’s Roots 8-12-15
There is no talking during this time (we will play music occasionally).
5. At the end of the 10-15 minutes, students who have written a full page (or other length
requirement given) will receive a stamp indicating that they will receive full credit
for that particular entry when they turn it in. Journal entries that are assigned for
homework are due at the beginning of the next class period. Note: Like all make-up
work, journal entries must be completed and stamped according to the MRHS makeup policy.
After most journal entries, students will have the opportunity to share their journals
and earn points in the Speaking/Listening category. We will have several “rounds”
during each semester for you to earn your Speaking points.
7. Each journal entry is worth five (5) points in the Writing and Language category
(these add up!), and will be collected periodically for points. Remember - no stamp =
no points!!!
8. Before turning in journals, put a star on top of the one you want me to read and
respond to.
“The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.”
~David Hare