Category Archive: writer’s notebook

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

Scanning, Cutting & Pasting, or Rewriting?

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I’ve come to realize that this whole “I’m going to recopy all of my writer’s notebooks into one” thing has become exceedingly tedious. I found another old Miquelruis Notebook yesterday and realized I… Continue reading

Steppin’ It Up: Real Writer’s Notebooks

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No longer will my students be using composition notebooks or spiral-spined notebooks with perforated edges in Writing Workshop this year. I’m making a move and providing them with REAL writer’s notebooks (read: Moleskine… Continue reading

My Writer’s Notebook: A Poem by Brod Bagert for Poetry Friday

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I taped this poem into the inner front cover of each of my students’ writer’s notebooks this past year. I didn’t think it meant anything to them until, as an end of the… Continue reading

WN: Weekend Check-Ins

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Last year I adopted (and adapted) an idea I got from Davis and Hill’s Book, The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing. For an entire year I gave my students weekend writing assessments. However,… Continue reading

writer’s notebook share.

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Yesterday in Teresa Zurcher’s third grade classroom students were personalizing their writer’s notebooks. I love how much I learned about kids simply by chatting with them about the stuff they were putting on… Continue reading

clay fragments.

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When I was learning the ropes of teaching, Tammy Hess helped me along.  We stumbled into a study group for teachers of writing through the All-Write Consortium.  We weren’t sure what it was… Continue reading