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Using Journals With Reluctant Writers : Building Portfolios for Middle and High School Students - Scott R. Abrams

Using Journals With Reluctant Writers

Building Portfolios for Middle and High School Students

Paperback Published: 27th June 2000
ISBN: 9780761976127
Number Of Pages: 160

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`This is one of the best books I have seen on topics for writing. All students could benefit from this - not just the reluctant writer' - Carol Miller, Intervention Specialist, Mineral Ridge High School, Mineral Ridge, Ohio



Primarily intended for at-risk and/or special education students, this proposed workbook provides journal topics designed to inspire even the most reluctant writers. The topics begin with general non-revealing, non-threatening ideas. These topics will help to introduce writing as a means of expression and allow the student to test the teacher's reactions before encountering material that requires more personal responses. The topics have multiple questions, because many students (especially reluctant writers) will answer any question with as few words or as simple a sentence as possible.





Using journals as daily practice and requiring weekly formal essays can provide students with the tools they need to become proficient writers. Each journal topic is followed by a video, and half have related readings that can be used for a more comprehensive English course. All of the ideas in this book are simply starting points for teachers to develop and use in the manner that best fits their students and classroom environment.

Industry Reviews

"The topics and assignments are intended to develop students' critical thinking skills, encourage self-discovery, and ultimately result in more relevant and proficient writing." -- Exceptional Child Education Resources * Summer 2001, Volume 33(2) * "This is one of the best books I have seen on topics for writing. All students could benefit from this - not just the reluctant writer." -- Carol Miller, Intervention Specialist "This is a book that is sorely needed! I'm impressed with the mature way the topics are presented to the students." -- Rob Owens "This journal program is authentic and gets students to write! Because the journal topics reflect current issues, my students respond positively. And, I get great insight into their lives." -- Carol Popowich "I loved the book and the soulful responses it generated from my reluctant writers." -- Dee Conklin, Ph.D.

Introduction
School
Suggested Video: Dead Poet's Society
Trading Places
Suggested Video: LadyHawke
Life Summary
Suggested Video: Forrest Gump / Suggested Reading: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Friendship
Suggested Video: Breaking Away / Suggested Reading: Walk Two Moons
Family
Suggested Video: Parenthood
Home
Suggested Video: What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
Talents
Suggested Video: Mr Holland's Opus
Fears
Suggested Video: The River Wild / Suggested Reading: Touching the Void
Sports
Suggested Video: Rudy
Expectations
Suggested Video: Stand and Deliver
Autumn Holidays
Suggested Video: The War / Suggested Reading: Born on the 4th of July
Being Alone
Suggested Video: Iron Will / Suggested Reading: Hatchet
Communication
Suggested Video: Renaissance Man / Suggested Reading: Romeo and Juliet
Peace
Suggested Video: Star Trek IV
Giving
Suggested Video: It's a Wonderful Life / Suggested Reading: The Gift of the Magi
The Future
Suggested Video: Multiplicity / Suggested Reading: The Giver
Coming of Age
Suggested Video: Dirty Dancing / Suggested Reading: The Car
Dating
Suggested Video: Roxanne
Children
Suggested Video: My Girl
Old Age
Suggested Video: Cocoon
What Dreams May Come
Suggested Video: What Dreams May Come / Suggested Reading: Tuck Everlasting
Money
Suggested Video: Greedy
Occupations
Suggested Video: My Bodyguard / Suggested Reading: The Midwife's Apprentice
Emotions
Suggested Video: The Color Purple / Suggested Reading: The Color Purple
Crimes
Suggested Video: Cool Hand Luke / Suggested Reading: Holes
Punishments
Suggested Video: Philadelphia
Cliques and Gangs
Suggested Video: The Outsiders / Suggested Reading: The Outsiders
Uniqueness
Suggested Video: School Ties / Suggested Reading: Night
Equality
Suggested Video: A League of Their Own / Suggested Readings: Sounder; Black Like Me
Fame
Suggested Video: Malcolm X / Suggested Reading: The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Decisions
Suggested Video: Benny and Joon
Dreaming
Suggested Video: Field of Dreams
Television and Movies
Suggested Video: The Truman Show
Experiences
Suggested Video: White Fang / Suggested Reading: To Build a Fire
Famous Dates
Suggested Video: Groundhog Day
Leaders
Suggested Video: War of the Buttons / Suggested Reading: Lord of the Flies
Lies
Suggested Video: Liar, Liar / Suggested Reading: Lies
Truths
Suggested Video: Contact
Sickness
Suggested Video: The Cure
Health
Suggested Video: Running Brave
Personality
Suggested Video: Young Einstein / Suggested Reading: Searching for Bobby Fisher
Mysteries
Suggested Video: The Fugitive / Suggested Reading: Hound of the Baskervilles
What If...
Suggested Video: Deep Impact
Spring
Suggested Video: Desert Bloom
Graduation
Suggested Video: With Honors
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ISBN: 9780761976127
ISBN-10: 0761976124
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 27th June 2000
Publisher: CORWIN PR INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 21.59  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46

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