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.
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.