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Background: Journaling is an active learning process and it helps us center our thoughts to give them meaning. Long before creative writing classes and the use of journals in these classes, field notebooks or logs were vital tools for scientists performing their observations in biology, sociology, and anthropology. In social work and in nursing, journals were also used during internships to record personal growth and learner observations.

Below are a list of links with a brief overview on Journaling and/or the use of journaling in a classroom setting.

Journaling in a classroom setting

Education World


This site offers short, but informative information. It tells how teachers use journal writing in their classrooms to meet certain goals or more fluid purposes. Also, additional resources linked to journal writing are listed on this site.



This site informs on how critical journal writing is. Also, provides ways on how to enhance content-specific thinking, and suggest ways on how multiple journals can be graded with only limited time.

Teacher Vision


This site is more teacher-friendly. It displays how journal writing can be incorporated into a lesson plan. This is a great tool if you are looking for somewhere to start, or a different way to include journal writing in the classroom.

Mary Grove


This site shows how using elementary school journal writing as a tool to aid reading comprehension can be accomplished in several ways. Also, provides support on how to guide the young child in the write direction when it comes to writing.

Ad Lit


This site is about double-entry journaling. A strategy enables students to record their responses to text as they read. Students write down phrases or sentences from their assigned reading and then write their own reaction to that passage. The purpose of this strategy is to give students the opportunity to express their thoughts and become actively involved with the material they read.

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