It takes more than a new writer’s notebook and preferred writing utensils to get kids writing! Teaching students a variety of strategies to generate writing in their notebooks is helpful if we want them to view their writer’s notebooks as both a workbench and a playground.
Regardless of genre, we want to inspire students to develop their voices as writers, and then use those voices to entertain, inform, and change the world.
If you can’t sketch quickly or jot words quickly, or the lines in on the paper feel too small, or you find it difficult to organize your ideas on a blank page, then perhaps there might be other tools that are a better fit for you.
There is no one “correct” way to organize writer’s notebooks. So much depends upon the purpose the notebooks serve in your classroom and how students will utilize them during writing time. My goal with this post is to share different possibilities for organizing writer’s notebooks and present you with various options. To section or not to section will depend on how you see writer’s notebooks and the role they play in your workshop.
Understanding the purpose of something can unlock a path forward. This week, the authors of Two Writing Teachers are devoting digital ink to supporting teachers in thinking about the writer’s notebooks as an important writer’s tool. Today, let’s think about the various purposes of a notebook…
We learn when we experiment and take risks. The writer’s notebook could be a place worth considering as a place to do some risk-taking!
Without a notebook, my great ideas are going unrecorded and, ultimately, forgotten.
When I first began teaching writing workshop, I brought my own writer’s notebook into class to share with my students…
Start students on the road to thinking about topics they might become interested in researching and writing about from day one.
Four tips for introducing writer’s notebooks this fall
This week on Two Writing Teachers, we each chose another co-author’s previously published post to feature as part of our very own Throwback Week. I am kicking it off, with a great one, originally posted by Dana. Enjoy! Winter break is coming soon, replete with its promise of snowy days spent sledding down hills or… Continue reading Throwback Week: A Peek Inside Dana’s Writer’s Notebook
Launching writer’s notebooks by giving kids a peek into my own