I teach in Pennsylvania; I assume the common core differs from state-to-state. Anyway, I begin class everyday with journal writing, and have for years. Students get really into it, depending on the topic.
As for the common core: "1.4 Writing Opinion/Argument Focus Organization" states that "Students write for different purposes and audiences. Students write clear and focused text to convey a well-defined perspective and appropriate content." So, in short, I say that journal writing is most definitely a common core activity, at least here in PA.
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Thats sad to hear; I teach in Aus and journal writing is the first thing we do every morning; both as a class and as individuals. "Common Core." is what you make it. I'm not sure about in the USA but over here we consider it as core because the learning opportunities are endless.. Spelling, building foundations and scaffolding the development of the many different writing styles, grammar, punctuation, reflective thinking and mainly in our class journaling a lot of teamwork and peer assistance.
Hope that Helps :)
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