The purpose of journals is to:

 expand students' vocabularies;


increase student's desire to write clearly to express

ideas, emotions, revelations, and observations;


help students solve their own problems by writing

down possible solutions;



precipitate behavior changes--writing about

behavior can help change it, and journals can help

students see themselves from a different point of



sharpen students' not-taking skills;


remind students of accomplishments that they might

otherwise forget;


create a dialogue both between the student and the

teacher and between the students and his or her

thoughts and feelings.