Question: Will first-graders write in journals, choose their own topics and enjoy writing?
Answer: “In summary, when given the opportunity, 1st graders can and will write in journals. They enjoy journal writing and gain more confidence in their ability to use written language during the year.” 314.
Children’s topics included “About Me,” family, other people, pets, feelings for people, feelings for things, feelings for toys.
Comment: The key word in this summary of the article is “confidence” in writing. Just as with reading, the more young students write, the more confident they will be with writing. Journal writing helps form the habit of writing. RayS.
Title: “Journals in 1st grade: What Children Write.” M Manning, G Manning and J Hughes. Reading Teacher (December 1987), 311-315.