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