A Freewriting Journal(in color)
By: Janet Morey and Gail Schafers
This journal will help anyone, native speaker or ELL, improve
ISBN 10: 0-86647-350-5
It was developed for adults, but it will work from elementary
ISBN 13: 978-0-86647-350-7
A Freewriting Journal
This may be the ultimate student book because your students write it.
Of course, Janet and Gail (also authors of Talk and Write) have provided
the guidance and format for this journal of freewriting. As they say
in their Thoughts from your Co-Authors, "In our years of working
with students like you, we have discovered freewriting to be one of
the surest paths to clearer and more confident writing."
What is freewriting? According to Wikipedia it is a prewriting technique
in which a person writes continuously for a set period of time without
regard to spelling, grammar, or topic. [It] helps writers overcome blocks
of apathy and self-criticism.
This little journal can be used in a variety of ways, but the main
point is to encourage students to write and enjoy doing it.
There are 74 pages, each with a brief, open-ended written prompt and
a colorful, evocative illustration. All the student has to do is fill
the pages with words, sentences, and thoughts - all without fear of
a grade or lots of red marks on their words and sentences.
A sampling of prompts:
- How do you feel on a rainy day?
- Describe an adventure you would like to have.
- What is your favorite game? How do you play it?
- What do you enjoy most about a visit to the zoo?
- Why are people afraid of snakes?
An additional 6 pages have no written prompt - only an illustration
(a guitar, a ladybug, a door, pebbles, railroad tracks, a snail, a candle).
And for each page/prompt there is a small space for you, the teacher,
to write a very brief response - "Is this true?" "What
a beautiful scene!" "This is really very funny!"
So have your students write away - a page a day.
An extra resource:
When using the journal, your students will enjoy fragments of several
poems. You may want to share the complete poems with them, or enjoy
them yourself. Here are links to the poems:
Other writing prompts from Pro Lingua:
By Morey and Schafer
Talk and Write
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