Steppin’ It Up: Real Writer’s Notebooks


No longer will my students be using composition notebooks or spiral-spined notebooks with perforated edges in Writing Workshop this year. I’m making a move and providing them with REAL writer’s notebooks (read: Moleskine Cahier Notebooks). I found them at a pretty affordable price at Moleskines.com. (Please note: I haven’t ordered them yet, so I don’t know if the site is perfect. However, they buy ad space on Google, so I have a feeling that everything will turn out allright.)

I was tempted to go away from a bulky notebook and composition books because if we are asking kids to lead a writerly life, then by golly, we need to provide them with the tools to do so. What better way than a Moleskine!??!

Moleskine (mol-a-skeen’-a) pocket journals – and rest assured, they’re not made from the skin of a mole – are the legendary notebooks used by artists and intellectuals who defined 20th century culture, including such luminaries as Hemingway, Van Gogh, and Matisse. Today they are seen absorbing notes at a corporate meeting, recording data at an engineering site, at a coffee shop creating ideas and designs, in hospitals recording procedures, on planes keeping track of what has and is to happen, on trails and mountains journaling adventures – and in all cases the trusted traveling companion.

Stay tuned in the coming months to see if this little experiment really works, or if it’s just me spending too much money! (I think it’s going to work.)