Create a Journal

Teachers can create their own curriculum items. Journals are best for interactive assignments and submitting work online, and can be graded with a score. To start, click My Resources. Click the Items icon. Click Create Item. Select Journal and click Next. Click Next after every section. Click Save any time during this process. We recommend saving as often as you would for any word processing program.

Step 1: Details Page, Categories, and Standards

  • Enter a name and a description.
  • Select a Scoring Scheme, Estimated Time, and Grade Range
  • Enter Keywords and Objectives
  • Select category alignments from the three-column taxonomy browser
  • Select standards alignments from the three-column standards browser

Step 2: Write a Lesson Plan

  • Add a lesson plan. Remember, a lesson plan should be a well-developed guideline for implementation, can be easily modified and implemented in a variety of classrooms, and components are well-sequenced, and easy to follow for the reader.
  • Enhance the lesson plan with attachments, links, or videos

Step 3: Prompt and Response Template

  • In the Prompt section, type detailed instructions for students
  • Add documents, links, or video
  • In the Response Template section, students will respond to the instructions. Teachers may wish to add questions for students to answer, a chart for students to fill out, or graphics for students to identify key points
  • Click Save

Implementation Options

To Upload Documents

  • Click File Manager
  • Type the text to link and highlight it
  • Click the Globe and Chain icon
  • Paste URL in the URL box
  • Hyperlink text is in the Link Text box
  • Click New Window in the Target menu
  • Click OK

To Upload Videos

  • Search a reliable source for a video
  • Find the embed or embeddable player code and copy it
  • Return to editor and click the small HTML button
  • Paste the code onto the page
  • Click Design at the bottom

To Embed a Link

  • Copy URL for the link
  • Find the embed or embeddable player code and copy it
  • Return to editor and click the small HTML button
  • Paste the code onto the page
  • Click Design at the bottom
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