How do you write a journal entry?

Journal entries are often, though not always, meant to be reflective. To write a strong journal entry, take the following steps:1. Read the prompt carefully.What is the required mo

How do you write a journal entry?

Journal entries are often, though not always, meant to be reflective. To write a strong journal entry, take the following steps:

1. Read the prompt carefully.

What is the required mode of reflection? Are you supposed to be comparing ideas? Asking a question? Presenting information? Highlighting thoughts? Be sure to follow the instructions given.

2. Consider requirements.

How many words should the journal entry be? What is the due date and time? What should the format look like? Follow your instructor's guidelines.If no specific formatting is indicated, follow generalAPA guidelines, oruse a template.

3. Reflect.

After reading the required material, reflect on specific elements, examples, or experiences you would like to include in your journal entry. Use other prewriting techniques to get your ideas flowing. If you get stuck, see the Writing Centerstips on avoiding writers block.

4.Outline.

Create a thesis (even if it is only a miniature) to give your readers an area of focus. Then outline the points that you will cover. Be sure to include a brief introduction and conclusion (one sentence for each is often sufficient). Even journal entries can benefit from outlining, soview some outlining strategiesto get started.

5.Draft.

Go ahead and get started! Use your outline as a starting point, and review the Writing Center'sresources on using scholarly toneas you write. Give credit to outside sources if you use them. Seean explanation of how to citeif you are not sure how to best give credit to your sources.

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