I wonder …

Are you writing in your journal? How is it going?

Are you writing even though you don’t feel like it?

Sometimes you just need a way to break into the blank page.

Some teachers I know have a collection of sentence starters which children can

use to set their writing going. Sometimes it really is just a question of beginning to write,

seeing the words on the page.  I think of a classroom where the teacher made a set of pockets

that she hung on the wall. The pockets held laminated strips, each with a sentence starter.

When children wrote in their journals, they were able to choose a starter strip if they wished.

Here are some suggestions. You and the children you work with will have plenty of other ideas.

I feel …

I think …

I wish …

I sometimes wonder …

Yesterday, …

I like …

I don’t like …

I remember …

Often …

My best …

I just want to say …

I would like … 

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