The students have to choose a different topic to write about every night. We go around and check to make sure that each child completed their reading response journal (RRJ...to the kids) in the morning. I usually take my student's journals up once a week to grade them.
Reading Response Journal Questions
Here is an example of one of my student's reading journals.
This may not work for classroom. We have found that it has really helped to improve our student's reading comprehension and writing skills. I would like to add that we did take time at the beginning of the school year to train our students on most of the journal questions. We would pick out a journal number for them to do each night, but before the students wrote about that topic we modeled how to write about that topic. This really helps to make sure that the students understand what they are supposed to do, and what your expectations are.