Overview: Uses digital media/blogging to create a writing journal that documents student growth.
This writing lesson plan, aimed at students in grades 2-5, includes a digital component used for STEM initiatives. Plus, the objectives connect to the writing standards in Common Core. Students create their own Artful Journals and use them to write persuasively on a chosen topic. Using visual art to drive the writing, students gain a richer perspective on their topic and take more ownership of their final product. Have fun!
Step 1: Students learn the steps to the writing process: Prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, evaluating, publishing.
Step 2: Students create their own journal for writing using the Artful Journaling resource.
Step 3: Students go on a nature walk and choose 3 found objects to bring back with them.
Step 4: Students incorporate their 3 found objects into their journal in some way: drawing them, rubbing them onto the paper, painting them, printing them, etc.
Step 5: The teacher then says that the students must write a piece in their journal that explains why their three items should be the ones chosen for the classroom’s treasure chest. Be sure to share a model journal that students can use as a reference that includes a special story about the objects and shows them artfully depicted in the journal.
Step 6: Students should use the steps of the writing process in their journals to describe their objects, define why they are special through a story, and persuade the reader to choose their objects for the class treasure chest.