Writing Emotion Journals

Learners of all ages—including adults—could use a little help recognizing and regulating their emotions. Over the course of a few days, class members journal their emotional reactions to various events and note whether they recognize any patterns in their responses.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Connect the project between language arts and health or a teen issues class
  • Pair with a novel that addresses emotional regulation or characters struggling with emotions
Classroom Considerations
  • Designed for high school, but adaptable to middle or even elementary levels
  • Incorporates aspects of Cognitive Behavior Therapy; instructor should have some prior knowledge of or experience with CBT
Pros
  • Provides links to necessary worksheets and additional materials 
  • Encourages learners to use positive self-talk to themselves and empathy with others
Cons
  • None
Common Core