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 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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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
Encourage students to snap photos and save on Instagram, which they can revisit later when they need writerly inspiration.
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
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
Peruse some of our past posts that will help you and your students find more things to write about.
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.
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
“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
I keep a private, family-only blog about my daughter’s daily life. I began keeping it about a week after she was born. Unless we were out of town, I blogged each and every… Continue reading