Category Archive: writer’s notebook

Walk Like a Writer

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Observational walking is useful for professional writers and it can be good for students too!
This fall, head outside with your students for a walk around your school’s neighborhood. But first, read ASK ME by Bernard Waber and Suzy Lee!

Creating Classroom Environments: Paper Choices

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Kids do need room to grow. Not only do they outgrow clothes in the blink of an eye, they also grow as readers and writers. This is why we need classroom libraries stocked with a wide range of levels, and it’s why we need writing centers stocked with paper choices.

Creating Classroom Environments: Introducing Writer’s Notebooks

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Four tips for introducing writer’s notebooks this fall

Nature Writing for All Ages and Stages

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In our family, bringing along a small notebook or a journal when we travel has become a tradition. Maybe you’ll make it part of your summer plans as well.

Summer Writing Goals

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This year, they were going to be the first group of 5th graders to break the summer curse.

The Importance of the Notebook

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My hope is that my students leave knowing more about themselves as writers and as people…that they have used the pages of their notebook to find answers to questions. Have you written in your notebook today?

Setting the Stage for Summer: Write from the Start!

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So I stepped back and let the writers get to work. The chatter was about organizing notebooks, planning where they like to write and sharing writing over the summer.

Generating Ideas: Three Strategies from PiBoIdMo

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Three strategies to generate story ideas

10 Math & Science Topic Choice Mentors + 10 Book Giveaways

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Do you have students who are interested in math and science, but claim they hate writing or don’t know what to write about in their writer’s notebooks? Here are 10 newer picture books to inspire them to write about their passion.

When Notebooks Go Home

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Are you worried about sending writer’s notebooks home with your students? What if they don’t bring them back?

Throwback Week: A Peek Inside Dana’s Writer’s Notebook

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    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… Continue reading

Note-Taking: A Writing Genre Worthy of a Curriculum of Its Own

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Launch a note-taking curriculum with an assessment and a vision of what is possible.

Be a Teacher Who Writes Poetry

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Need some inspiration? Try writing a poem today using one of these tips for getting started!

Work Smarter: 5 Tips for Checking Writer’s Notebooks Efficiently  

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Grace Chough led a session, “Turning Writer’s Notebooks Into Workbenches, and Using Them to Work Deliberately Towards Big Goals,” at the June 2014 TCRWP Writing Institute.  She shared lots of smart thinking about… Continue reading

Writing through the visual arts: an “in between” unit of study

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We are in that in-between stage right now in writing workshop, having  just completed our Personal Narrative unit, and pausing briefly before we begin our unit on memoir.  These in-between stages are often… Continue reading

10 Topic Choice Mentor Texts + 10 Book Giveaways

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Do you have students who claim they don’t know what to write about in their writer’s notebooks? Here are 10 new picture books to inspire them to write.

You don’t have to write, you get to write.

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After your students decorate their writer’s notebooks and you review your expectations, the notebooks go home.  This is exciting!  Who doesn’t love writing in a new notebook?!!? I’ll tell ya, there are plenty of… Continue reading

A Peek Inside My Writer’s Notebook

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Launching writer’s notebooks by giving kids a peek into my own

Role reversal: Writing Workshop with Linda Rief at the Boothbay Literacy Retreat

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As a writing teacher, I know that I must write – and I do: blog posts, book reviews, a Slice of Life every Tuesday, letters to my students in the reading journals and… Continue reading

An End of the Year Writing Check

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At the end of the school year, we are often faced with pages and pages of student writing. Most of it may have gone home already, but now is a great time to… Continue reading