Shared JournalA curriculum designed byJanet B. TaylorWith assistance byDebbie Blackmon, N. Amanda Branscombe, Denise Dark,Rosalind Fuller, Jan Gunnels, Lilli Land, Sandy Little, Rhonda Peacock,Misty Sanders, Brenda Sharman, JoAnn Terrell, and Barbara ThompsonShared Journal: The ProcessThe shared journal (Branscombe and Taylor, 1988) uses interactive talk withinthe context of the classroom as an incentive and a vehicle for drawing an event fromexperience and reconstructing it into modes of discourse and for developing perspectivetaking. Through the process, children learn to reflect not only on their own experiences,but also on those of their classmates. This is accomplished in the following way.1.Signing in on the sharing board. Each day children come to school withexperiencesthey want to share with their teacher. Through discussion of the event, theteachersuggests that the child's classmates may like to know about this event andinvites the child to put his/her name on the sharing board. Sometimes the eventis not appropriate for sharing and the teacher empathizes with the child, butdoes not suggest putting his/her name on the sharing board. The number signingthe board should be limited to three children a day. The teacher or childrenshould monitor the sharing board so that over time all children have hadopportunities to share.