Every Monday (or Tuesday if Monday was a holiday), you will write for at least five minutes. As soon as you’re done with DEAR Time, you write the date in the margin and begin writing. There will be a prompt, picture, and/or video clip on the screen to inspire your writing. There aren’t many rules about journal writing (don’t worry about errors, spelling, etc.), but you must keep writing the whole time.

Tuesday through Friday, after DEAR Time, write the date in the margin and one sentence about what you’ve read.

Most days, we have a GUM grammar warm-up. You write these in your journal, too.

You must keep all of your journal writing for the year. Turn in your Journal once per six weeks. They are graded based on how much time you spent writing each day.