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Demonstrating Comprehension Through Journal Writing

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Introduction: 45 minutes; thereafter: 15 minutes per session
Lesson Author

Sharon Faulkner

Andover, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater (Little, Brown and Co., 1938)

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1. To learn more about the benefits of daily journal writing, read the Education World curriculum article Journal Writing Every Day: Teachers Say It Really Works.

2. Read Mr. Popper's Penguins and print the prepared journal questions. Answer at least one question from each chapter so that you can share and model your responses with the class.

3. Print multiple copies of the journal sheet for each student or have students use a notebook to record their journal responses.

4. Review the sample Journal Response and Comprehension Rubric and consider any other requirements that may be relevant for your students.

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