End of the year JOURNAL PROJECT
- You will need to complete 10 journals by May 25th.
- You will be expected to use the writing process.
- Each journal entry NEEDS to have a prewrite that shows you have PLANNED what you are going to write. PRE-Writes will be worth 5 points each (50 points total) and will be a separate grade.
- After you finish a rough draft you must self-edit it and have a classmate edit for you as well. Both of your initials need to be on the editing check list. There is a separate editing checklist for each journal entry.
- PUBLISH only after you have had yourself and another classmate check your paper.
- Prewrites will get stapled to the right hand side of your folder and PUBLISHED pieces will be placed loosely in your folder.
- Editing checklist will be stapled on the left hand side of your folder. There is a checklist for each entry.
You may alter or change a topic to best suit your writing. BUT you may only complete a topic one time.
- Next year you'll be in middle school with mostly new teachers. Write a letter to your next year's teachers, telling him or her the most important things that you learned this year and what you are looking forward to. Ask questions that you might have about middle school. Your writing should be in LETTER FORMAT.
- What advice would you give to students who will soon be starting 5th grade next year? Write a letter to next year's students telling them about what 5th grade is like and what they need to know, etc. Your writing should be in LETTER FORMAT.
- Describe one of your favorite memories of this school year. Give detail and write at least 2 paragraphs about this favorite memory. Explain why it was so memorable.
- My goals for next school year are ... Write explaining what goals you have for next year. Write this in essay format. Introduction, body, conclusion. USE GOOD, STRONG 5th grade paragraphs.
- Create a new water park. Give your new theme park a name and describe (in writing) the most popular water rides that are at your park.
- My SPACE-tacular vacation. Write about an adventure you had while traveling to another planet. When you write about your adventure be sure and include details of what you saw, how you felt and what kinds of things you did while you were there.
- My dream summer camp ... Describe what the ultimate summer camp would be like. What would it include? What would you do there? Where would it be located?
- A weird day at the zoo ...
- I was lost at the zoo ...
- Who is your first best friend? Describe this friend and what makes this friend so special.
- What qualities do you look for in a friend? Explain the top 5 qualities you look for in a friend. This should be written in essay format (intro, body, conclusion)
- Describe the three ways you try to be a good friend to others. This should be written in essay format (intro, body, conclusion)
- How would you feel if your best friend was moving to a different country?
- What would you do if you saw a friend cheating? Would you report it, confront the friend, or say nothing? Why?
- If another child was making fun of your best friend or bullying them, what would you do? Write about how you would help your friend in a positive way.
- Setting goals is important. What are five goals you have for this summer. Write each goal and then explain WHY you want to accomplish this goal. Then explain HOW you are going to accomplish this goal.
- In May we celebrate Mother's Day. Write about what you appreciate and love about your mother or ANY special woman you admire.
- Explain step by step how to make your favorite snack or food.
- What do you think about the lunch room rules? What do you think should change and what do you think should stay the same?
- In June we celebrate Father's Day. Write about what you appreciate and love about your dad or ANY other special man in your life.