ELA 8: Journal Entries

Here is the list of journal entries:

  1. [Th 9/10/15] Journal #1: Why? What does your routine look like? Explain.What is the first thing you do when you wake up every morning?
  2. [F 9/11/15] Journal #2: What are your goals for the year? For the class?
  3. [W 9/16/15] Journal #3: Do you prefer to read books that are a part of a series or standalone books? Why? Give an example.
  4. [Th 9/17/15] Journal #4: If you could be a character in any book, TV show, or movie, who would you be and why? Who is this character? Describe him/her.
  5. [F 9/18/15] Journal #5: What is your definition of success? Explain.
  6. [M 9/21/15] Journal #6: Write about one thing in your life that is simple and one thing that is complex. Explain both.
  7. [T 9/22/15] Journal #7: What is home? What are some qualities that make a place your home? Explain.
  8. [F 9/25/15] Journal #8: In an August 2012 interview with Vulture magazine, rapper Kendrick Lamar said, “If I’m gonna tell a real story, I’m gonna start with my name.” What do you think he means by this? What do you think is the story behind your name? Does your name have a meaning? If not, what kind of meaning would you want for your name? Explain.
  9. [M 9/28/15] Journal #9: Imagine waking up, looking into the mirror, and seeing that you’ve woken up in someone else’s body. Who is this person? What does it feel like (see/hear/smell/touch) to have switched bodies? What do you think it is like to live a day in this person’s life? How does this one-day experience change your view point of what it’s like to be him/her?
  10. [T 9/29/15] Journal #10: Were you ever given a responsibility that you couldn’t handle? What was the responsibility? Why did you feel as if you couldn’t handle it? Explain.
  11. [W 9/30/15] Journal #11: When someone picks on someone else, how do you feel? What do you do?
  12. [Th 10/1/15] Journal #12: Do you think girls and boys are raised differently from each other? If so, in what ways? Explain.
  13. [F 10/2/15] Journal #13: If you had to evacuate your home because of a natural disaster, what three things would you take with you?
  14. [M 10/5/15] Journal #14: “How I think will determine how I live.” Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
  15. [T 10/6/15] Journal #15: How do you think others see you when they meet you for the first time?
  16. [W 10/7/15] Journal #16: What is your favorite food/dessert? Describe it and explain why it’s your favorite.
  17. [Th 10/8/15] Journal #17: List five technological items (i.e. cellphone, TV, car, etc.) that you can’t live without. Now imagine what your life would be like without these items. What would your life be like? Describe how you would live your life had these items not existed.
  18. [F 10/9/15] Journal #18: What does “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” mean to you? What is an example of this proverb? Explain.
  19. [T 10/13/15] Journal #19: What do you think the world will be like when you are a grown up? At what age do you think you are a grown up? Explain.
  20. [W 10/14/15] Journal #20:  Who is a person from literature/a book that you would most like to meet and talk to?  Why?  What would you like to ask?
  21. [Th 10/15/15] Journal #21: What would you do if you saw your friend cheating? Would you report it, confront your friend, or nothing? Explain.
  22. [F 10/16/15] Journal #22: What things are better than going to school? Why? Explain.
  23. [M 10/19/15] Journal #23: What are you looking forward to the most (weekend plans/ event)? Why? Explain.
  24. [W 10/21/15] Journal #24: What would happen if people never co-operated? Why do you think it’s important to co-operate? Explain.
  25. [Th 10/22/15] Journal #25: If you were going to write a book, what would the main character be like? Why?
  26. [F 10/23/15] Journal #26: What did you do this week that moved you closer to reaching your goals? How did this help? Will you continue to do it?
  27. [M 10/26/15] Journal #27: What is the setting of your Independent Reading book? Would you like to live in the setting? Why or why not? Explain.
  28. [T 10/27/15] Journal #28: If you could become an expert in any subject or activity, what would it be? Why? How would you become an expert on that subject/activity?
  29. [W 10/28/15] Journal #29: What are some things you’ve done that you previously thought you could never do? Why?
  30. [Th 10/29/15] Journal #30: Have you ever wished you were either older or younger?  What would you consider to be the benefits?  The problems?
  31. [M 11/2/15] Journal #31: Finish this story: It started out as an unusual Monday morning, when I…
  32. [W 11/4/15] Journal #32: Think about at least 5 things you see happen on your way home from school. What are they? Why do you notice them?
  33. [Th 11/5/15] Journal #33:  How does it feel to win or lose? Explain both circumstances.
  34. [F 11/6/15] Journal #34: Is there anything you did this week that you wish you’d done differently?
  35. [M 11/9/15] Journal #35: What if school was in session 6 days a week?
  36. [T 11/10/15] Journal #36: Write a fan letter to your favorite actor/actress. Consider: What show/movie s/he is from? What questions do you have for him/her? What would you tell him/her? (i.e. likes/dislikes)
  37. [Th 11/12/15] Journal #37: Describe your dream house. Include details and explain why your house would be a certain way.
  38. [F 11/13/15] Journal #38: What would be your ideal job when you grow up?  Explain.
  39. [M 11/16/15] Journal #39: Describe a typical day in the school cafeteria. What do you see/ hear/ smell/ touch/ taste?
  40. [T 11/17/15] Journal #40: When I get to high school, I will… (Why?)
  41. [W 11/18/15] Journal #41: If you and your best friend could have a free limo for 24 hours, where would you go and what would you do? Why?
  42. [F 11/20/15] Journal #42: “The only way to have a friend is to be one” -Ralph Waldo Emerson. What do you think Emerson means in this quotation? Explain.
  43. [M 11/23/15] Journal #43: What is your favorite day of the week? Why? Is there anything that you do on this day?
  44. [T 11/24/15] Journal #44:  What would happen if children ruled the world? What do you think adults do? Compare your understanding of their works to how kids would take on these roles.
  45. [W 11/25/15] Journal #45: Billy Wilder, an American film-maker from the 1930s once said, “Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.” What does he mean by this? Explain. (Think: What is hindsight?)
  46. [M 11/30/15] Journal #46: If you could only take three people with you on a month-long trip around the world, who would you take and why?
  47. [T 12/1/15] Journal #47: What do you think about students having to wear school uniforms? Are you for or against uniform? Why?
  48. [W 12/2/15] Journal #48: What would happen if there were no cars, buses, trains, boats, or planes? How would this change your life?
  49. [Th 12/3/15] Journal #49: What do you think someone your age can do to help reduce the amount of pollution in our environment?
  50. [F 12/4/15] Journal #50:  What kind of television commercial would you like to make? What would you endorse? Describe it.
  51. [M 12/7/15] Journal #51: What would happen if you could fly whenever you wanted? When would you use this ability? Where would you go?
  52. [T 12/8/15] Journal #52: Is it important that the President not lie? Why or why not? What do you think the President would lie about?
  53. [W 12/9/15] Journal #53: “Man is what he reads.” -Joseph Brodsky (Russian American poet and essayist). What do you think Brodsky means when he says this? What do you read? Do you think that you are what you read? Explain.
  54. [Th 12/10/15] Journal #54: What is your favorite ‘junk food?’ Why?
  55. [F 12/11/15] Journal #55: If you were principal of this school, what would you do? Why?
  56. [M 12/14/15] Journal #56: Which is least important to you–money, power, fame–and why?
  57. [T 12/15/15] Journal #57: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” -Frederick Douglass (former African American slave and human rights leader/abolitionist). What do you think Douglass means by this? What is something that you struggled with? Did you make any progress?
  58. [W 12/16/15] Journal #58: Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, once said, “Honesty is the best policy.” Why is it important to be honest? Explain.
  59. [Th 12/17/15] Journal #59: Would you like to be famous? Why or why not? What would you like to be famous for?
  60. [F 12/18/15] Journal #60: When you are angry, how do you look? Describe your expression.
  61. [M 12/21/15] Journal #61: “To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” -Edmund Burke (Irish political philosopher). What does this quotation mean? Explain.
  62. [T 12/22/15] Journal #62: We now have 9 days left of 2015. What do you plan to do in the last 9 days of this year? Explain.
  63. [W 12/23/15] Journal #63: Neil Gaiman, an English author, once said, “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” What kinds of mistakes are you eager to make? How will you learn from them?
  64. [M 1/4/16] Journal #64: If you had to work in any store [at your favorite mall],  which store would it be and why?
  65. [T 1/5/16] Journal #65: “When you wake up everyday, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It’s all a matter of perspective.” -Harvey Mackay (American businessman). Do you wake up and choose to be optimistic or pessimistic? Why?
  66. [W 1/6/16] Journal #66: If you found a genie offered to grant you three wishes, what would you wish for? Why?
  67. [Th 1/7/16] Journal #67: What would you do if you could travel into the future? Why?
  68. [F 1/8/16] Journal #68: What would you do if you could travel into the past? Why?
  69. [M 1/11/16] Journal #69: What would you do if you woke up one morning to find yourself invisible? Explain.
  70. [T 1/12/16] Journal #70: Imagine yourself as a teacher.  What type of student would you like to teach and why?
  71. [W 1/13/16] Journal #71: “I wasn’t planning on this. Falling in love with you was the last thing I wanted. Because I know our time would have to come to end. Yet, here I am, begging you not to…” Who is the speaker and who is the speaker talking to? Finish the scene.
  72. [Th 1/14/16] Journal #72: You head into the bathroom at school, walk into a stall and close the door. Moments later, as you leave the stall, you notice two people standing there and there’s one major problem: They are of the opposite gender. On the spot, you make up an excuse as to why you are in there…
  73. [F 1/15/16] Journal #73: If you had to choose between yesterday and tomorrow, which would you pick and why?
  74. [M 1/18/16] Journal #74: After years of leading a normal life, you discover you have a special ability. Afraid to share this information with anyone, you confide only in your closest friend. To your surprise, your friend shares some information with you—he also has a super power. What do you two do with your new-found talents?
  75. [T 1/19/16] Journal #75: Write about three values that are important to you. Explain why you believe in these ideas.
  76. [W 1/20/16] Journal #76: Imagine you opened your own restaurant. Tell the name of your restaurant. Explain what the restaurant looks like, who works there, and what you serve.
  77. [Th 1/21/16] Journal #77: It’s your 18th birthday and, upon it, you parents deliver some pretty shocking news: You’re not really human. They admit that they’ve been covering up the fact that you are actually a (fill in the blank). After hearing the news you still decide to go to school, but this school day is different than…
  78. [F 1/22/16] Journal #78: If someone wrote a book about you (a biography), what would it be about? Explain.
  79. [M 1/25/16] Journal #79: Write about a time when someone helped you.  What did you need help with? How did you feel afterward? Explain.
  80. [T 1/26/16] Journal #80: You’re a pirate on a small pirate ship, that consists of only you, one other pirate and a captain. Recently you ransacked (searched) another ship and found a treasure map. After weeks of following it, you’ve finally found the island where “X” marks the spot. Write a scene where you find the buried treasure, only… [what’s inside?]
  81. [W 1/27/16] Journal #81: Why do we give respect to senior citizens and people who are our elders? Should we also respect those younger than us, or those who are our age? Explain your thoughts on both questions.
  82. [Th 1/28/16] Journal #82: What if you mirror started talking to you? What would it say to you? Explain.
  83. [M 2/1/16] Journal #83: Imagine you have a touch of magic, and can make impossible things happen. What would you do? Why?
  84. [T 2/2/16] Journal #84: What does normal mean to you? Is it good or bad to be normal? Explain.
  85. [W 2/3/16] Journal #85: “Good shoes take you good places.” What kind of shoes do you wear? Where do they lead you? Why?
  86. [Th 2/4/16] Journal #86: If you had to work in any store [at your favorite mall],  which store would it be and why?
  87. [F 2/5/16] Journal #87: “A toy company markets a new product: a superhero cape that lets children actually fly.” What happens when a child goes and buys one? What happens next in the story?
  88. [T 2/9/16] Journal #88: “After being exposed to cosmic radiation, a woman gives birth to an invisible infant. As the unseen child grows, he struggles with being different.” What does his life look like? Write a story about this character.
  89. [Th 2/11/16] Journal #89: After having visited an Ivy League university, what is your impression of ‘academic rigor?’ What do you think it means to be ‘academically rigorous?’/ What qualities do you think you would need to have in order to attend such a prestigious university? Reflect: How are you academically gritty?
  90. [F 2/12/16] Journal #90: “A young woman struggles to discover why she wakes up every morning as a different person.” Describe who this young woman is (give her a profile: name, age, occupation/job, etc.) and then write about her first transformation. Who doe she become and what does she do that day?
  91. [M 2/22/16] Journal #91: How was your midwinter break? What did you do? Be detailed!
  92. [T 2/23/16] Journal #92: Harper Lee, the author of many classic novels including To Kill a Mockingbird, passed away on February 19, 2016. If you could ask any questions about the book to her, what would you ask? What would you tell her? Write a letter to Harper Lee and share your thoughts.
  93. [W 2/24/16] Journal #93: If you could guest star on any TV show, what would it be and why?
  94. [Th 2/25/16] Journal #94: In thinking about this year’s presidential election, do you think a woman will be President of the United States in the near future? Why or why not?
  95. [F 2/26/16] Journal #95: Write about two people seeing each other for the first time. What do they notice about each other? Why? Think about how you react when you make eye contact with someone.
  96. [M 2/29/16] Journal #96: Write about a magic potion. What is it made of? What does it do? What is the antidote?
  97. [T 3/1/16] Journal #97: Would you rather live in another era or culture? Explain.
  98. [W 3/2/16] Journal #98: How would do you think your parents’ views would change if they lived your life for one day?
  99. [Th 3/3/16] Journal #99: How do you think computers will be used in 20 years?
  100. [F 3/4/16] Journal #100: Hooray! We’ve finally made it to the 100th journal! How do you feel about your writing since the beginning of the school year? Have you made progress? What do you notice changed about your writing skills? Think: You are now the author of 100 entries; what an accomplishment!
  101. [M 3/7/16] Journal #101: Write a story using these three things: a stolen ring, fear of spiders, and a sinister stranger.
  102. [T 3/8/16] Journal #102: Do you act differently online than in real life? Explain.
  103. [W 3/9/16] Journal #103: “Treat others the way you would want to be treated.” What does this quote mean? How can you relate to this quote? Explain.
  104. [Th 3/10/16] Journal #104: List one of your pet peeves and write about why it annoys you.
  105. [F 3/11/16] Journal #105: Which is more important to you in a friend, appearance or personality? Explain.
  106. [M 3/14/16] Journal #106: Tired? Frustrated? What’s the deal? Well, start your journal with “Today, I don’t feel like writing because…”
  107. [T 3/15/16] Journal #107: Would you rather get up late or go to bed early? Explain.
  108. [W 3/15/16] Journal #108: What if someone who looked almost exactly like you suddenly became very famous? What would you do?
  109. [Th 3/15/16] Journal #109: Good versus evil. Do they truly exist? Are there gray areas? Do good people do bad things? Explain.
  110. [F 3/15/16] Journal #110: Is it more important to respect or love someone? Explain.
  111. [M 3/21/16] Journal #111: Now that it’s spring, what are some things that you are excited to do? Explain. (Don’t just list them!)
  112. [T 3/22/16] Journal #112: “Write a list of questions to which you urgently need answers.” -Barbara Abercrombie, Kicking the Wall
  113. [W 3/23/16] Journal #113: If you could spend an hour with the president, what are 10 questions you would like to ask him? Why?
  114. [Th 3/24/16] Journal #114: Do you think grades are a necessary part of education? Why?
  115. [M 3/28/16] Journal #115: Do you think it is important to have self respect? Why?
  116. [T 3/29/16] Journal #116: Describe a situation when you felt left out. How did you handle the situation? Could you have handled it any better? Explain.
  117. [W 3/30/16] Journal #117: What do you love about life? Explain.
  118. [Th 3/31/16] Journal #118: What does it mean to “choose your friends wisely?” How do you choose your friends?
  119. [F 4/1/16] Journal #119: Many people are good at telling others what to do and how to act.  Do you think it is more effective to give advice or to be a good role model?  Why?
  120. [F 4/8/16] Journal #120: How do you think advertising affects our idea of beauty? Explain.
  121. [M 4/11/16] Journal #121: Do you think it is always best to have the last word in an argument? Why?
  122. [T 4/12/16] Journal #122: Many students ask, “When am I ever going to use this?”  Do you think practical use should dictate what is taught in school?  Why or why not?
  123. [M 4/18/16] Journal #123: Finish this thought: “Now that the ELA and Math state tests are over, I am going to…” What are you looking forward to for the rest of the school year? What’s your approach to the remainder of the year? Explain.
  124. [T 4/19/16] Journal #124: Do you think it is okay for someone to brag about an accomplishment or talent?  When does bragging become unacceptable?
  125. [W 4/22/16] Journal #125: If you could declare today as a new holiday, what would it be? Why?
  126. [Th 4/23/16] Journal #126: What is an autobiography? What’s the value of writing an autobiography? Why do you think people write autobiographies as opposed to having biographies written by someone else? Explain.
  127. [F 4/24/16] Journal #127: What would the world be like if there were no televisions nor shows? Explain.
  128. [M 5/2/16] Journal #128: How was your spring break? What did you do each day? Explain.
  129. [T 5/3/16] Journal #129: Fate or free will? Do you believe in destiny or do you believe that life’s outcome is strictly the result of choice and circumstance? What experiences or evidence has led you to your position on free will vs. fate?
  130. [W 5/4/16] Journal #130: If your life was a reality TV show, what would be the hook that would draw viewers in? Explain.
  131. [Th 5/5/16] Journal #131: Finish this thought: This morning, when I got out of bed, I … Before bed tonight, I will…
  132. [F 5/6/16] Journal #132: Where would you go to relax and why?
  133. [M 5/9/16] Journal #133: How do you think instant riches would affect your friendships and familial relationships? Explain.
  134. [T 5/10/16] Journal #134: What’s the best memory you have from the last year? Why was this the best memory? Explain.
  135. [W 5/11/16] Journal #135: If you had to choose between having a personal chef, a housekeeper, or a personal trainer, which would you pick and why?
  136. [Th 5/12/16] Journal #136: When you close your eyes and think of where you want to live, what comes to the surface? Specifically, what do you want your space to look like? And what do you think that reflects about you?
  137. [F 5/13/16] Journal #137: If you suddenly gained the ability to tell whether someone was lying, would you use it?
  138. [M 5/16/16] Journal #138: What’s the first step you can take to making a difference in the world today? Would you try to feed the hungry, improve the environment, promote peace? How would you start?
  139. [T 5/17/16] Journal #139: What is your favorite food? Why? Using all of your 5 senses, describe your favorite food.
  140. [W 5/18/16] Journal #140: If you had a mind-reading ability but could only choose 3 people to read their minds, who would they be? Why do you choose these three people?
  141. [Th 5/19/16] Journal #141: If there was one person who you had the power of giving immortality to, who would it be and why?
  142. [F 5/20/16] Journal #142: What if you lived your life in reverse (being born old, etc.)? What would your life be like (as Benjamin Button)?
  143. [M 5/23/16] Journal #143: “If you had a billion dollars to change the world in a way, how would you change it?” -A.M.
  144. [T 5/24/16] Journal #144: “If you could switch lives with someone, who would it be and why?” -A.V.
  145. [W 5/25/16] Journal #145: “You find an egg sitting on your bed when you come home one day. What would it hatch into and what would you do with it?” -K.C.
  146. [Th 5/26/16] Journal #146: “If you could change 2 things about yourself, what would they be and why?” -N.F.
  147. [F 5/27/16] Journal #147: “Name 3 of your favorite players in any sport and list a lot (5) characteristics about them.” – A.M.
  148. [F 5/31/16] Journal #148: “Now that you are going to high school, are you scared of going or not? Explain why.” -D.P.
  149. [W 6/1/16] Journal #149: “What do you think the future will like? Will there be war or peace? Explain./ Do you think a specific color represents you? Explain.” -L.A.
  150. [Th 6/2/16] Journal #150: “If you could be an animal right when you’re born, what would it be? Why?” -N.R.
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  152. [T 6/6/16] Journal #152: Think about the phrase “random acts of kindness”. What are five things you could do for someone this week just to be kind? Would you do these acts? Why?
  153. [W 6/7/16] Journal #153: “If you can have one talent, what would it be?” -D.F.
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  155. [Th 6/16/16] Journal #155: “Do you think different genders should be treated differently or equally and why?” -V.R./ “If you could change one thing about this year, what would it be?” -R.H.
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