Journal Topics

Journal Check #1 (entries 1-5)      

Journal Entry #1

If you could take anyone to dinner (dead or alive) who would it be? Where would you go? Who would pay?

Journal Entry #2

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Why?

Journal Entry #3

How would you make learning more enjoyable at JHS?

Journal Entry #4

What do you think is the biggest problem for teens in school?

Journal Entry #5

How do you deal with peer pressure?

Journal Check #2 (entries 6-10)

Journal Entry #6 - If you could be any superhero, which one would you be and why?

Journal Entry #7 - Write about one thing that you regret.

Journal Entry # 8 - If you were the president, what is the first thing you would do? Why?

Journal Entry # 9 - What is the one thing you can’t live without? Why?

Journal Entry #10 - Why should American’s help each other during disasters (such as the tornadoes in Oklahoma)?

Journal Check #3 (entries 11-15)

Journal Entry 11 - Tell me about the best day you ever had.

Journal Entry 12 - Describe the perfect vacation. 

Journal Entry 13 - Who do you admire? Why?

Journal Entry 14 - Why do you think people are jealous of others?

Journal Entry 15 - What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date? Why?

Journal Check #4 (entries 16-20)

Journal#16: What would you do if this was your last day at school?

Journal#17: Describe the perfect gift. Why would that gift make you happier than any other?

Journal#18: How do you handle conflict?

Journal#19: What’s your favorite holiday? Why?

Journal#20: Is there ever a reason to fight?

Journal Check #5 (entries 21-25)

Journal#21: What was the most convincing commercial you have ever seen? Why was it so convincing?

Journal#22: Tell me about a time when you tried to convince someone of something.

Journal#23: What are you passionate about?

Journal#24: If you and a friend had a limo for 24 hours. You would……

Journal#25: What would you do if you got locked in school overnight?

Journal Check #6 (entries 26-30)

Journal#26: How would you refuse a friend's suggestion to do something illegal or immoral?

Journal#27: which super power do you wish you had? How would you use it for good?

Journal#28: What are your academic goals for this school year? How will you accomplish them?

Journal#29: You’re principal for a day. What are your scheduled events? What changes will you make?

Journal#30: What is your best memory?

Journal Check #7 (entries 31-35)

Journal#31: What do you like best/least about JHS?

Journal#32: What the difference between I can't (do something) and I won’t?

Journal#33: What college do you plan on attending? How will you get there?

Journal#34: tell me about a time when you did something you shouldn’t have? Were there consequences? Did you learn a lesson?

Journal#35: What is one thing you would like to change at home?

Journal Check #8 (entries 36-40)

Journal#36: Free Write.

Journal#37: What do you think about kids not wanting to work a "real Job" and wanting to be Youtube stars instead?

Journal#38: Your best friend wants to drop out of school? What would you do to encourage him/her to stay and graduate?

Journal #39: What are your goals/dreams in life?

Journal #40: Which rule at JHS would you like to delete? Which would you add?

Journal Check #9 (entries 41-45)

Journal #41: How do you serve others/your community?

Journal #42: If and when I raise children, I'll never...

Journal #43: Write about a day you'd like to forget. 

Journal #44: I have never been more frightened than when...

Journal #45: Which character from a book would you most like to meet and why?

Journal Check #10 (entries 46-50)

Journal #46: Free write.

Journal #47: What would you do if you woke up one morning to find yourself invisible?

Journal #48: What would you do if you could travel into the past?

Journal #49: What would you do if you were asked to skip a grade? (move up from 9th grade to 11th grade)

Journal #50: What commercial on TV do you dislike beyond all others? What about it is particularly annoying to you?

Journal Check 11 (entries 51-55)

Journal #51: What is your hobby? Why do you enjoy it?

Journal #52: Is there a machine or device you feel you could not live without? Explain.

Journal #53: If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take 3 items, what would you take? Why?

Journal #54: Write about an enemy who eventually became your friend.

Journal #55: Write about a time you got caught cheating (on a test or boyfriend/girlfriend).

Journal Check 12 (entries 56-60)

Journal #56: Do you think a person is weak if he/she chooses to walk away from a disagreement with someone? Why?

Journal #57: If you were a teacher, would you be strict? Why or why not?

Journal #58: Write about a time you were talked into something and you regretted it.

Journal #59: Did you ever forget something really important? What happened as a result?

Journal #60: Write about an experience in a hospital.

Journal Check 13 (entries 61-65)

Journal #61: Were you ever accused of doing something you didn’t do?

Journal #62: Write about a disastrous trip or vacation.

Journal #63: Were you ever in a fire, flood, tornado, or hurricane?

Journal #64: Write about moving to another school, city or neighborhood.

Journal #65 : If you could change one thing about your brother or sister, what would it be?

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66 : Have you ever broken an important promise?

67 : Free write

68 : Should parents be held accountable for the actions of their children? 

69 : Should court hearings be broadcast on TV? Why or why not?

Journal #70: Did you ever meet a famous person? 

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Journal #71: How would you prevent bullying at YMS?

Journal #72: Write about being a misfit.

Journal #73: Write about a time when your parents embarrassed you.

Journal #74: Write about learning something important from a friend.

Journal #75: Why is it important to read often?

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Journal #76: Free write

Journal #77: What would you pack in your suitcase if you could not go home again?

Journal #78: Do you think you are treated differently because you are a boy or girl?

Journal #79: Do you think women should take men's last names when they marry? Why or why not?

Journal #80: Would you rather have a brother or sister? Why?

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Journal #81: What makes you proud to be an American?

Journal #82: Describe the one thing that gives you the most comfort.

Journal #83: Describe the most difficult thing about being your age.

Journal #84: Describe the one possession that means the most to you.

Journal #85: Does money really bring happiness? 

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Journal #86: What would you do if money grew on trees?

Journal #87: Is the school year too long? Too short? Why?

Journal #88: Who should be paid more? Teachers or professional athletes?

Journal #89: Does NO really mean NO?

Journal #90: What would be your ideal job when you grow up? Explain.

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Journal #91: What’s your definition of success.

Journal #92: Do you love the mountains or the beach? Why?

Journal #93: What’s your favorite room in your home and why?

Journal #94: Why is it important to get to know your neighbors?

Journal #95: What is your favorite song and why?

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Journal #96: If you could play any instrument what would you play and why?

Journal #97: What would happen if there were no television? Why would this be good? bad?

Journal #98: What would happen if you loved your neighbor as yourself? What if everyone did?

Journal #99: What if you woke up one day and found yourself to be 75 years old?

Journal #100: What would happen if children ruled the world?