Category Archive: writer’s notebook

Five on Friday

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Five things I’m reading, enjoying, and thinking about this Friday.

Revisiting the Writer’s Notebook with “Revision Centers”

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The last quarter of the school year signals a time of mixed feelings – the year is almost over,  and even though we look forward to restful summer days, there is the sadness… Continue reading

How to Write a Poem: An Exercise

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“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

―William Wordsworth

Biographies with Heart

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Using mentor texts and a notebook entry to think about biographical writing

Writing About Reading in the Writer’s Notebook

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The writing a child crafts about a book or an article in her writer’s notebook often holds a lot of meaning or value to her. This kind of writing about reading isn’t about finding the main idea, making predictions, or intertextual connections. Rather, this writing about reading is usually composed in response to something that affected a child so deeply she had to write about it on her own terms.

A Master Writer’s Notebook in Evernote

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A few years ago I thought I had a brilliant idea.  I created a master writer’s notebook since my notebook writing, which I shared with students during writing conferences and in minilessons, was… Continue reading

Winter Break Writing Plans

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In the midst of all this hustle and bustle, I hope to get into some classrooms this week to talk to kids about their writing plans for the long winter break.

Family Literacy Night: Writing Together

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The teachers noticed that several parents had written comments such as, “Great story, but you need commas” or “Nice job. Fix your capital letters.” We wondered how to help parents understand that this writing was not meant to be perfect or polished. As teachers, we talked about the kinds of comments that would help nudge these kids as writers.

It’s In the Details

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The idea of description and detail has been on my mind since that conference with Kevin. When might writers pause in their narrative to describe with rich detail?

Electronic Writer’s Notebooks

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It’s hard to know which note-taking or journaling app is right for you ’til you give a few a try. After using Day One, Noteshelf, and Penultimate, I have a better idea of which one suits me the best.

Using the Cut-and-Tape Method to Draft

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As a district, we have experimented with several ways to get students’ writing out of the notebooks and into a draft. This is one of those ways.

Writing the Hot Spot First

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How, she wondered, could we get them to write more focused narratives? And what types of entries could they make in their writer’s notebooks to help them with this process?

Connect Your Thoughts in a Writer’s Notebook + Giveaways

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Last month, I was put on brain rest for two weeks in order to get better after having a concussion.  Brain rest in my world meant no driving, no news (print, online, or… Continue reading

Instagram Can Help Treat Writer’s Block

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Encourage students to snap photos and save on Instagram, which they can revisit later when they need writerly inspiration.

Writer’s Notebooks

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Last week I had a conversation with a middle school teacher who has spent her summer studying writing workshop and is excited to make writer’s notebooks the backbone of her writing instruction. This… Continue reading

WN Collecting Idea

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Writer Jordana Horn went into her son’s class, filled with seven and eight year-old kids, earlier this month to lead a session on journaling. She asked the students to write what they don’t… Continue reading

Introducing Throwback Thursday

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Peruse some of our past posts that will help you and your students find more things to write about.

Hosting a notebook SOLSC for your students?

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Even if your students won’t be blogging in March, you can still dip-in & dip-out of the Classroom Challenge in one of two ways.

Making Writer’s Notebooks Personal

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In my last post, there was this comment: Heather on Saturday August 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm said: Thanks for these ideas! But I really can’t wait to read about your ideas on writer’s notebooks on… Continue reading

Blogs & Microblogs in the Classroom

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“The act of telling your story and sharing part of your life with somebody is alive and well—even more so than at the dawn of blogging.” –Lee Rainie, director of the Internet and… Continue reading