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Revisiting

My colleagues and I are going to revisit writer’s notebooks with our students right after the winter recess. We haven’t written the teaching points yet, but our homework, over the holiday, was to come up with goals for the upcoming mini-unit of study.

I came up with five goals for the unit — what I want EVERY student to really take away from our second unit of study on notebooks. Thoughts?

Goals for Revisiting Writer’s Notebooks

1) Students will recognize and utilize their writer’s notebook as a place to express their thoughts, opinions, observations, & reactions to the world.

2) Students will use their notebook as a place to savor & make sense of their lives.

3) Students will write about small, everyday things that shape who they are/who they want to become.

4) Students will develop strategies to become more fluent writers.
—Strategies for use when they have writers’ block.

5) Students will revise former notebook entries utilizing a variety of revision techniques.

I didn’t write anything about writing more thoughtfully or reflectively. I’m thinking that doesn’t need to be stated if all of the above goals are met.

Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

3 thoughts on “Revisiting Leave a comment

  1. Sara: I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E that you put this into “I Can” Statements. First, so nice of you. Second, thanks for reminding me to do this. Your assistance and nudge are both greatly appreciated.

    BTW: How is it that Ruth and I sat in the same session as you and never met?

    SAS

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  2. I am not sure which session at NCTE I heard the “I can” phrase when it comes students’ writing. And I know that one of the blogs I follow mentioned it using it with their writers. (I think it was your site) Don’t forget to share the “I cans” with your students….

    I can utilize my writer’s notebook as a place to express my thoughts, opinions, observations, & reactions to the world.

    I can use my notebook as a place to savor & make sense of my life.

    I can write about small, everyday things from my life.

    I can develop strategies to become a more fluent writer for when I have writers’ block.

    I can revise my notebook entries utilizing a variety of revision techniques.

    I played a little with your language. Of course you will want to finalize it for your students with them in mind. I want my students to hold the power to their growth as writers and readers. Cheers!

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