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The following is a series of articles that can help parents and teachers with students who are struggling in writing.
Journaling can be a lot of fun or it can be a nightmare. I have journaled for most of my life and found it particularly valuable in my own emotional healing journey. I have also incorporated it into each subject in my children’s home education.
Art or Writing: These are helpful to students interested in art and writing. Artist can keep lists of images that struck them, possibly making notes of specific colors, settings, emotions. Writing journals can be divided into sections. For fiction, sections could include: characters, settings, timelines, plot ideas, quotes, names, sentences or dialog that sparks imagination. For non-fiction: sections would follow under a certain theme. For example: Moving which would include sub-themes; packing, unpacking, how to keep in touch with friends, making new friends. All of this could someday become a book or artwork.
There are several other websites, magazines, and contests that are open for submissions for young writers. One place to start is: DevoKids.com http://devokids.com/ and iBeGat http://www.ibegat.com/about.