Marcia’s Summer Journaling Topics
To Write, Draw—or BOTH!
- Make lists. List favorite things you do, adventures you want to have, family celebrations—then choose your favorites to elaborate by either writing, drawing…or both!
- Keep a laughter log. Journal about what make you laugh…and how you brought smiles to the faces of others.
- Collect. Make illustrated entries about birds, insects, flowers and other summery items that make summer feel like summer.
- Ephemera. Collect free and inexpensive items and paste/tape them to your journal pages. Then write a snippet about how it represents you and your summer.
- Definitions. Journal what makes summer SUMMER or what makes you YOU or your family uniquely YOUR FAMILY.
- Games. Write the rules and instructions for how to play your own made up game…then go play.
- Plays. Turn your favorite summer books into scripts…then have your friends help act it out.
- Maps. Where have you been? Where are you going? Attach maps to your journal pages…or draw them yourself. Don’t forget to map out less familiar terrain…like the journey to happiness, trips down memory lane, and the maze out of anger.
- Rewrite stories. Write what you think should’ve happened in books or movies—or write what might’ve happened if a character had only done something differently—or write what you should’ve written in your OWN story if only you had been brave enough.
- You-dles: Develop your own cartooning doodling style using simple shapes like circles for heads and triangles for bodies and rectangles for arms and legs. Then illustrate you and your summer events as if you were in a comic strip.
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