From the Notebook to a Final Copy

Yesterday, Katie left the following comment:

Stacey is there a post or can you post your process for students’ writing. What I mean is where do they draft, what do you collect and look at etc. I see them drafting a lot in their notebooks, do they draft there and then move to final draft or is there a step in between? I’m just trying to reflect on my processes for next year and I would really love to pick your brain about the nitty gritty details of your workshop.

I’m not quite sure I’ve posted about this in the past, so here goes!

First and foremost, regardless of the unit of study we’re working in during Writing Workshop, my kids are always collecting entries in their Idea Notebook on a nightly basis. (It’s really a Writer’s Notebook, but seeing as they have a five-subject Writer’s Notebook which is used more-or-less for school writing only, the notebook they take from home-to-school daily is called their Idea Notebook.) Kids often take entries from their idea notebook and nurture so that they become part of a published piece. However, the purpose of the Idea Notebook is just to get them to live like a writer daily.

Essentially, my students go through the following process, which might seem a little like steps, but in reality, they’re revising even when they’re collecting and developing. However, for the sake of trying to be as clear as possible, I decided to use a graphic to represent the writing process, as my kids go through it, in my classroom.

Let me know if you have further questions and I’ll be happy to answer them!