How is the journal set up?
Daily: Each day, discuss the quote and the person who created the quote. You can even look up a picture of them or read a short biography on them. Then explain to the students that everything they define, write or illustrate should reflect upon the meaning of the section and quote.
Step-by-Step: There are 18 sections scaffolded to develop a positive mindset. Students need to reflect about “self” before they reflect about “diligence” or “growth”. Each section builds upon the last.
Quote: Each motivational quote reflects the name of the section. It includes the person’s profession and lifespan dates.
Types of people: Many of the people from the quotes are writers or authors. They come from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Tell students that they will see many thoughts from historymakers and world-changers and to notice how many are writers. Let them know that writing is a powerful way to preserve your thoughts and communicate your feelings, something that you will be doing as you journal.
Word of the Day: The daily word is chosen to represent the meaning of the quote, better understand the section, or enhance their understanding of the topic. Students should write the definition and a sentence. If it is a multiple meaning word, the definition should represent the quote and meaning of the section.
Written Reflection: This is for the students’ journal entry. They should reflect on the quote, word of the day, and prompt.
Visual Reflection: There is a space to draw, sketch, or put an image that captures the students’ feelings about that day’s journal entry.
Differentiate: Maybe a student is a reluctant writer, but can illustrate well. Have that student illustrate both the quote and the journal entry.
Answer Key: There is a separate file that has the vocabulary definition along with a sample sentence.
What sections are included?
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