Journal Writing Lesson Plan for Middle School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about journal writing. A video lesson is used to explain the benefits of writing in a journal, including examples and prompts. Help your students set up journals and get the ball rolling.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the benefits of journal writing
  • discuss the purpose of journal writing
  • write in a journal in response to a prompt


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Notebooks, one for each student
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Modge podge

Key Vocabulary

  • Journal writing
  • Reflective writing
  • Critical inquiry
  • Exploratory writing
  • Diary

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Divide students into partners and ask them to think of all the reasons that authors write.
  • After a few minutes share answers, briefly discussing each.
  • Tell students they will be starting the practice of journaling and will be making their own unique journals today. Explain that they will be decorating the front of notebooks using paper, magazine clippings (words and/or images), etc.
  • Give students five or ten minutes to plan what they want their journals to look like.

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