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    By Tina

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    Hi! In my class I have two journals-poetry and writing. My students write in their writing journal every morning while things are getting settled. As soon as the kids come in and I say "Good morning". I remind them to pick up their journals and give them the prompt that's on the board. We use those black and white composition notebooks for this.

    I try to get to our poetry journals twice a week. This doesn't happen all the time. I give my students a copied or typed poem that they paste in a spiral notebook. The poems vary. Some are related to a theme or holiday, while others are used to discuss short vowels sounds, songs etc. I also like to read the poem to them, then they read with me and then I ask for volunteers to read a line. I might even read a couple lines and the students fill in the rhyming word. They enjoy using crayons or highlighters to underline/circle specific parts. I might ask that they underline the word that rhymes with "look" for example, or underline all of the words beginning with "g".

    I try to have student share their writing journals occassionally.

    Hope that helps.

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