I’ve written a couple of mini-grant proposal on DonorsChoose.org in the past couple of years for real writer’s notebooks (i.e., Bluelines and Moleskines) for my students to use so that they wouldn’t have to carry around clunky writer’s notebooks since adult writers don’t (so why should kids if we’re asking them to take their notebook wherever they go)?
My kids wrote thank you notes to the folks who recently donated funds for 40 new writer’s notebooks for them to use. I read through them tonight, prior to putting them in the mail to DonorsChoose, and had to share some of their comments about their notebooks with you. (I think excerpts from their thank you notes might inspire you to write a grant for portable writer’s notebooks!)
“The writer’s notebooks are cool because they have a hard cover so nothing happens to it. They have lots of pages you you can write a lot and not waste as many notebooks.”
All quotes from my kids are unedited by me. They did some peer editing before they turned them in to me.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).