When students enter the clasroom they read sentence on the board. They must use this sentence in a paragraph (warm-up activity). Each day of the week there will be a new sentence on the board that they must incorporate into their story. At the end of the week they should have a complete story (possibly 5 paragraphs!!!!!). I count each story as one daily grade and the entire journal at the end of the six weeks as one test grade. It is interesting to see how their writing skills develop throughout the year.