Category Archive: writer’s notebook

Working Lunch: Checking Writer’s Notebooks

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It’s October and that means that it’s time for me to start checking my students’ writer’s notebooks once/week. Today was the first day of it. (I’m using the rubric I used last year,… Continue reading

Outdoor Outlet

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Please check out Jen’s Post about taking her students outside to write. It’s a great idea to try before the weather gets too cold (which is happening soon in most parts of our… Continue reading

moving from notebooks to drafts.

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It’s that time of the year in many classrooms.  Check out the discussion (via the comments) in Jen Barney’s post:  A Moment.  Great discussion & ideas.

Weekend Writing Assessments

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Davis and Hill gave me the idea to have students fill out a weekend writer’s notebook assessment. I gave it to my students for the first time today and walked them through a… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: take me back.

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Jen’s post, Take Me Back,  inspired another kind of entry about place.  In this entry, you list all the things you love about a specific place, using as many senses as possible.  Here’s… Continue reading

Gimmicks

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I’ve been known to use lots of gimmicky things to get kids to write in their notebooks. For instance, I’ll create mini-charts (aka: cheat sheets) of the large strategy charts I have hanging… Continue reading

Writer’s-Reader’s Notebook

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I received Linda Rief‘s Inside the Writer’s-Reader’s Notebook: A Workshop Essential (Heinemann 2007) the other day. I began reading it almost immediately. Even though Rief, a New Hampshire Middle School Teacher, gears her… Continue reading

Aren’t they lovely?

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Take a look at the way my students personalized their writer’s notebooks today. Each one of their Moleskines different from each other; just as they are all different from one another.

moleskine journal site!

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There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.  ~ Isaac D’Israeli  Stacey’s students are getting their very own moleskine writer’s notebooks today & I… Continue reading

Open up your writer’s notebook and get ready to share!

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You’ve heard of Poetry Friday (and some folks even know of Poetry Thursday) and blog carnivals. We’re going to be starting something very similar to both of those here at Two Writing Teachers.… Continue reading

Monday’s the Day!

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Monday is the day when my students will get their Moleskine Writer’s Notebooks. One student originally said on Wednesday, “What if I don’t want to use that one? Can I use the spiral… Continue reading

poetry friday: another one for the wn

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My colleague, Tammy Hess, gave this poem to me to put in my writer’s notebook.  It’s one she gave all of her students.  One seventh grader replied, “You copied these just for us?”  Sweet,… Continue reading

Getting ready for the notebook launch

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I’m going to be putting these little buttons, as well as the Bagert poem on notebooks, inside my kids Moleskine Notebooks, which they’ll be decorating on Monday. I showed my students their new… Continue reading

Selecting a variety of notebook entries…

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My fourth grade colleague and I have decided to share the photocopying responsibilities. Since my week is next week, I went to her today to find out if she’d be interested in having… Continue reading

Twin Bubbles: Poetry Friday

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As I was recopying some poems into my master writer’s notebook, I came across this one, which I wrote alongside my students after doing some close observations of bubbles. TWIN BUBBLES An original… Continue reading

power of place.

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Today in a fourth grade classroom, the teacher let me experiment (play) a bit. We focused on places for our notebook entries. After all of the wn entries Stacey & I have posted… Continue reading

more on generating writing ideas.

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Like Stacey, I think it’s imperative that kids have lists in their notebooks about writing ideas.  I think one of the most powerful lessons we can give students in regards to finding writing ideas… Continue reading

They can never say that they don’t know what to write about anymore!

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Sample List Originally uploaded by teachergal Encourage your students to keep a list of things they can write about in their writer’s notebooks (an idea I took from The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching… Continue reading

writer’s notebook decorations.

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Just wanted to let you know Z-Scrap has all K & Company products on sale right now (as well as other goodies).  Here’s a link to all of Z-Scrap’s sale items.  I’ve ordered… Continue reading

Drumroll please…

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I took Cliff and Jen’s advice and turned my time (after I recopied a bunch of poems though) into something productive for my students. I bought the Moleskine Cahiers at a Barnes &… Continue reading