Category: Journal Topics

10 Christmas Journal Topics

Some families open presents on Christmas Eve and others wait until Christmas morning. What does your family do? What other Christmas traditions does your family observe? What is your favorite Christmastime food? Write a letter to Santa telling him what...


4 Types of Sentences

There are four types of sentences. Declarative – makes a statement – Example: I like chocolate. Interrogative – asks a question – Example: Do you like chocolate? Imperative – gives a command – Example: Give me the chocolate. Exclamatory –...


4 Types of Writing

There are four main types of writing: expository, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive. Expository – Writing in which author’s purpose is to inform or explain the subject to the reader. Persuasive – Writing that states the opinion of the writer and...


Is It Fact or Opinion

In both reading and writing we often need to be able to tell the difference between fact and opinion. In writing we often make factual statements and support them with opinion. When reading it is important to know if a...


Literature Groups Presentation

This lesson works to jigsaw short reading selections. It could be adapted for nearly any subject. I have used this in a literature class with readings from the anthology. Groups of 3 or 4 present while the rest of the...



Write Your Own Didactic Literature

Your assignment is to write your own didactic literature. Didactic literature is literature that instructs the reader. Writers teach lessons about how to live a moral life. They give their views about what is right and good, focusing on such...


End of the Year Scrapbook Project

This end of high school scrapbook is great for English class but can be used in most content areas. It could easily be adapted to middle school as well. High school seniors (or those leaving middle school) put 8 individual...