Dialogue Journals

Language Skill/Content: Writing

Level: Novice to Advanced

Preparation Time: Time required to respond to previous entry. Depends on the level of the students’ writing and how many students are participating in dialogue journals.

Implementation Time: Roughly ten minutes per session

Teaching Materials/Equipment: One notebook per student

Procedures: With your students, carry on a conversation over time in journals. Dialogue journals provide a chance for students to participate in risk-free writing. Journals are never graded or corrected. Teacher responds to each entry and models spelling, handwriting, and grammar in his or her response entries. In responses, teachers stay on the topic that the student wrote about and compliment students’ work, effort, and keep the conversation moving. Implementing dialogue journals is simple: give each student a notebook, give time for each student to write an entry, collect notebooks, write a response, and repeat.

Options: Can be done over e-mail.

Adapted From: Gipe, J. P. (2014). Multiple paths to literacy: assessment and differentiated instruction for diverse learners, K-12. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.


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  1. Thanks for stopping by! I used e-mail correspondence for a group of adult students I had a few years ago. I’ve never used the Blackboard system for any of my classes but I’ve heard great things. With the exception of some private students, all of my students who are doing dialogue journals are in elementary school. They take great pride in their journals. Several have created very elaborate covers and a few make borders for their entries that appear to reflect the general mood of their writing at that moment.


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