In Balanced Literacy during our writing work, the Grade 2Js have been focusing on GOOD IDEAS. One of our Guided Reading Centers is Journal Writing, and many students had the opportunity to write in theirs after their spelling work was completed. Check out the good ideas that are in the journal examples below. Also notice how the entries all seem to be focused on 1-2 topics, they’ve added meaningful pictures to accompany their writing, and they have also thought about our “Sentence Writing Checklist”: Capitals, Periods, Rereading (to make sure our sentences make sense). I really appreciate how many of our students are taking care to spelling their “No Excuse” words so accurately!