Category Archive: writer’s notebook

Writerly Things That Happened at Lunchtime

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Six of my students opted to stay up with me during lunch today.  Two were under the weather and wanted to chill with me; two wanted to finish their reminder posters; the final… Continue reading

Emotional & Truthful: That’s What Memoir Is!

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I’m teaching memoir right now.  It falls into our schedule early this year… and I love it! On Friday I had four conferences, two of which my students didn’t follow through with, which… Continue reading

Have You Ever Asked Your Kids for Feedback on YOUR Writing?

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A few years ago I often began asking my students to tell me what I did well as a writer and what I could work on as a writer when I gave them… Continue reading

A New Writer’s Notebook Rubric

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Sometimes you have to let go of the reigns and allow your students to lead you, right.  Well, I’m preparing to do just that tomorrow when I work with my students, during Writing… Continue reading

Portable Writer’s Notebooks

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I’ve written a couple of mini-grant proposal on DonorsChoose.org in the past couple of years for real writer’s notebooks (i.e., Bluelines and Moleskines) for my students to use so that they wouldn’t have… Continue reading

Mid-Year Self-Evaluation: Want a Copy?

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It’s that time again… This-coming week is Mid-Year Self-Evaluation Time in my class’s Writing Workshop. I’ve revamped the Mid-Year Self-Evaluation to reflect the questions from not only Buckner’s Book (as I have done… Continue reading

Ways I Use My Writer’s Notebook

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I shared an excerpt from the Jacqueline Woodson Section of Speaking of Journals by Paula W. Graham with my students today. Afterwards, we all wrote down some ways in which we already use… Continue reading

Purposes for Writing in a Notebook: Kids’ Responses

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My markers may have been drying up, but there was nothing that was going to stop me from recording my kids’ responses during the minilesson I gave today. Take a look at what… Continue reading

Launching Minilesson: Writer’s Notebook Unit of Study

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I head back to school tomorrow. I am starting a new unit of study in both Reading and Writing Workshop (nonfiction and notebook writing, respectively). Hence, I thought I’d share my first Writing… Continue reading

Goals Restated

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A reader, Sara, suggested, a few weeks ago, that I restate the students’ goals for the upcoming Writer’s Notebook Unit of Study as “I Can…” Statements, which I did for the two most… Continue reading

Interviewing My Kids

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I administered writing interviews to five of my focal children on Tuesday. One of them actually wrote about it. This was what one of them wrote as a notebook entry that night (N.B.:… Continue reading

Making More Time for Independent Notebook Writing

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My grade-level colleagues and I discussed ways to make more time for independent writing during our last common planning session. One thing that was mentioned was setting aside some time in-class, whether it’s… Continue reading

Encouraging Students to Use Line Breaks

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love is – line breaks Originally uploaded by teachergal One of my students experimented with other genres this week, one of which was poetry. She wrote a gorgeous poem about what love is… Continue reading

A Gift from a Young Writer

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One of my former students e-mailed me this evening with the first draft and the final draft of a personal narrative she wrote for her seventh grade English Class. She invited my comments,… Continue reading

Two Exceptional Professional Books

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In the past week, I’ve managed to squeeze-in some time to read through two professional books, both of which I picked up while I was at NCTE. Writing to Persuade: Minilessons to Help… Continue reading

A Fabulous Etsian Made These for My Kids!

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Custom-made Idea Notebooks Originally uploaded by teachergal If you read this blog a lot, then you know I love Etsy! I’ve found many creative Etsians who have created wonderful things for my classroom… Continue reading

Revisiting

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My colleagues and I are going to revisit writer’s notebooks with our students right after the winter recess. We haven’t written the teaching points yet, but our homework, over the holiday, was to… Continue reading

Helping a Student Generate Non-Narrative WN Entries

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One of my students seemed to be stuck as she sat in her writing focus spot today. She was supposed to be collecting entries and growing some thinking, but her pencil was barely… Continue reading

Words of Wisdom from Fletcher

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I was rereading A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You for pearls of wisdom to lend to one of the reluctant writers in my classroom this evening. Here are some of those… Continue reading

Writing About Issues

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Living Life Twice, a blog written by Alan J. Wright who lives in Australia, has a fantastic post entitled “Writing About Issues -Big and Small.” Here’s an excerpt from his post: Students were… Continue reading