Journals are frequently used for students to practice reflective writing, but the entries are usually only seen by the student writer and his /her teacher. In this activity we will try another form of reflective writing, in which students communicate their thoughts or feelings about a topic of relevance to them in the form of a note or letter to a classmate. Let’s call it “C-Mail”.
- Box with lid, covered and decorated
- Writing paper
- Have students design a form that can be used for C-Mail. Print enough copies to have plenty on hand for all students!
- Each student writes and receives C-Mail messages on thoughts or feelings associated with the issues they’ve studied concerning the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.
- Fold each note and write the name of the recipient on the outside before placing it in the box.
- Designate a certain time of the day for reading and writing C-Mail.
- Remind students that they are not to send personal messages about anything other
than the designated topic(s).
SUGGESTED “STARTER STATEMENTS” FOR STUDENTS:
- One thing I learned is......
- One question I have is.....
- I would like to .........
- This connects with what we learned about.....
- The best part is......
- I (am, am not) prepared for a major hurricane, because.....
- Auto emissions are largely responsible for increasing amounts of
- CO2 in the atmosphere. I can help reduce those numbers by ......
- What other starter statements can you add?