Category Archive: writer’s notebook

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

Thinking More About Teachers & Notebooks

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I’m sitting in Nashua preparing for tomorrow’s presentation. Part of my preparation means returning to my old binders and files when my thinking changed about the teaching of writing. The shift in my… Continue reading

Teaching Writing Workshop with A Wide-Open Notebook

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Here’s the public version of the presentation I’ll be giving at the New England Association of Teachers of English’s Fall Conference tomorrow. Click on the link below to view the presentation, which I’ll… Continue reading

Getting Motivated

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This is my final post for this week’s Big Picture Series on Genuine Writing. Therefore, I wanted to leave you with a draft of a handout I’m planning to hand out when I… Continue reading

Thoughts About Working with a REALLY Reluctant Writer

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Ro asked: I have a student in my class who is on the spectrum and is extremely reluctant to writing. He doesn’t think anything is important or worth writing about. It’s extremely difficult… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Getting Laney.

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Earlier this week I wrote a quick write in my writer’s notebook about getting my cabbage patch kid.  (Last week for Memoir Monday, I toyed with the So What? of writing about Laney.)  I… Continue reading

Storyboards.

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This summer I heard Penny Kittle speak about using storyboards.  This week I’ve tried them out in classrooms.  They aren’t all that different from one of the ways I talk to kids about… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice of Life: Messy Bedroom.

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I read in Katie Wood Ray’s Study Driven: Showing what surrounds a character can help the reader understand a lot about the character (34). It inspired me to write about my daughter’s bedroom… Continue reading

Considering what one’s piece is REALLY about

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Nurturing Originally uploaded by teachergal I put together a mini-chart for my students to tape into their writer’s notebooks after tomorrow’s minilesson so that they’ll have a permanent record of their writerly options… Continue reading

Peek In!

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Peek into two a strategy lesson and a conference I had during today’s Writing Workshop. 1. Strategy Lesson With Ruth’s Blessing, I printed out her the Slice of Life Story (SOLS) she wrote… Continue reading

Paragraphing in Notebooks

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Today was the first day I checked my students’ Idea Notebooks, using the rubric I adapted from Buckner’s Book, since the school year began. The frequency with which the kids have been writing… Continue reading

Yo-Ho-Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me!

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Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day (link takes you to Wikipedia; here is the official site).  Next to Christmas, this may just be my favorite!  🙂  A little known secret is that… Continue reading

Preview Our NCTE Presentation

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Ruth and I are getting ready for our presentation in San Antonio, which is just a couple of months away. We joined the NCTE 2008 Conference NING, where we’re posting an abridged version… Continue reading

Sharing Lists of Emotions

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I did the strong emotions lesson (using Skittles) on Friday. My demonstration was way longer than it was supposed to be (on paper), but I felt that I needed to be exceedingly explicit… Continue reading

Answering Questions

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You asked… we answer! Often when someone posts a question on a post, Ruth or I write back to them individually. However, we’ve received six questions in the past few days whose answers… Continue reading

Unwrapping Literacy

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We’ve been using Slide a lot around here lately! So, here’s yet another Slide Show of the writing event that unfolded in my classroom today.

fierce wonderings

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  Fierce wonderings is a term coined by Ralph Fletcher in his book A Writer’s Notebook, which if you don’t have, you need to go straight to Amazon.com & order it!  I’ve been privileged to… Continue reading

Collecting Ephemera at the Primary Level.

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Now here’s a cool idea for all of you primary teachers who want to tap into the power of writer’s notebooks without each student actually having a writer’s notebook. Plus I think it… Continue reading