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Journal Topics for Use at the Beginning of a Lesson

Lesson Idea: Journal Topics for Use at the Beginning of a Lesson

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Journal writing is an excellent way for teachers to frame a lesson. The following journal topics are designed to be used as you begin a new unit. They can be used across the curriculum.
  1. Tell what you know about ___________(a new concept).
  2. What is your opinion about ______________ (topic of the day)?
  3. Describe an experience you have had relating to _________ (topic of the day).
  4. Explain how _________(topic of the day) plays a part in your life.
  5. Explain how _________(topic of the day) will play a part in your life ten years from now.
  6. Summarize what you have learned so far about __________(previously studied topic).
  7. What has been the impact of _________(previously studied topic) on your life?
  8. Describe a difficulty you have had related to __________(new or previously studied topic).
  9. How do you think __________ (previously studied topic) relate to _______(new topic)?
  10. List from one to three questions about _________(new topic).
  11. Do you think your classmates understand what's going on? If not, why not?
  12. Why is the teacher presenting this lesson?
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