Category Archive: writer’s notebook

Five-Subject Writer’s Notebooks

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My students will be getting idea notebooks early in the school year. By late September, they’ll also possess five-subject writer’s notebooks, which they’ll use expressly for units of study. (Click here to read… Continue reading

They’re Going to Have Gifts To Open…

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These are the Moleskine Notebooks that I’m giving my students during the first week of school to use for on-the-go writing, Slice of Life Stories, ephemera, and much more. IDEA NOTEBOOK INTERIOR DECORATION… Continue reading

Notebooks: What Kind? Division of Sections?

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Ro asked: I’m thinking about my launching unit for W.W and writer’s notebooks. Do you have kids section off their notebooks for minilessons/charts or do you leave it up to them? Last year… Continue reading

The “Stuff” of My Summer Life: Collecting Ephemera

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Ruth wrote about “Collecting Ephemera,” earlier this week since she asked the teachers in the Workshop she’s leading to bring-in artifacts that represented who they are right now. Hence, I used her post… Continue reading

Writer’s Notebooks, Art Journals, Scrapbooking, Blogs???

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Liza Lee Miller said:  Okay . . . here’s a question for you. As a teacher, as a writer, as an artist . . . what is the difference between a Writer’s Workbook… Continue reading

SOLS: Mine Forever.

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Prior to adult writing time, I read aloud Jamie Lee Curtis’ book, Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born.  Then, thinking about SOLSC today, I decided to attempt to write about… Continue reading

Collecting Ephemera.

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Today I asked a classroom of students to bring in artifacts from their lives.  I asked the classroom full of teachers to do the same.  I’m going to hunt for a few items… Continue reading

Beginning Training: Day One.

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Just a little FYI, to let you know that I posted a couple of the slide presentations from day one of the Beginning Writing Workshop Training. Here’s the link to the Presentations Page… Continue reading

Be A Writer.

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This past week Stacey has posted several great ideas about ways she is going to get her students excited about writing.  If you’ve not seen them, then check out her posts from this… Continue reading

Inspiring Words for the Inside of Students’ Writer’s Notebooks

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For the past two years I’ve included “My Writer’s Notebook/Diamond Search” by Brod Bagert inside of every student’s writer’s notebook. However, in addition to Barert’s Poem this year, I’m also going to be… Continue reading

Literacy Gifts

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Jen, Sarah, and Ruth gave me some fantastic ideas about ways to make the launch of writer’s notebooks and using the classroom library more exciting for children in September. I thought their ideas… Continue reading

Where do you write?

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Rick’s post about writing and thinking spaces made me recall my college years in Washington. I used to go to the National Gallery of Art before every history exam (My minor was History.)… Continue reading

Stop & Look Around You: THAT’S WHAT WRITERS DO!

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I attended the Teachers College Summer Institute on the Teaching of Writing last week. I’ll be blogging about it A LOT in the days (probably weeks, since I have about 100 pages of… Continue reading

My New Spiral Spine Notebook

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My New WN: All About the S-es Originally uploaded by teachergal I’m departing, temporarily, from using Miquelrius spiral-spine notebooks. I found a Paperchase Notebook I wanted to try because it has a partial… Continue reading

Summer Challenge Packets Go Home W/My Kids Today

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My students’ Summer Literacy Challenge Packets are sitting in their mailboxes this morning, ready-to-go. I included a notebook, a pencil, a sticker, and two postage-paid, pre-addressed envelopes so that the kids will be… Continue reading

553 + Counting.

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The number of comments Ali Edwards has in her most recent post.  She is hosting a contest and to enter, people leave a comment with their “favorite tip to getting the words down… Continue reading

Writing-Related Birthday Gifts

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Writing-Related Birthday Gifts Originally uploaded by teachergal Yesterday was my birthday and I received two writer’s notebooks: one from my best friend and one from one of my students. (Do you think people… Continue reading

Poetry Walking Tour

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We managed to duck the rain on today’s Providence Poetry Walk. Ten of my twenty students showed up with their family members to do today’s Poetry Walk. I think having 50% of my… Continue reading

Not exactly a deep SOLS, but it’s a slice of my day!

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Major neck pain has found it’s way to the forefront of my life yet again. I spent most of my night waiting for and having an MRI to determine why I’m having numbness… Continue reading

WE’RE PRESENTING AT NCTE IN NOVEMBER!!!!

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I just got off of the phone with Ruth, with whom I shared the great news. Our conversation session proposal, “INSPIRING CHILDREN TO WRITE: TEACHING WRITING WORKSHOP WITH OUR NOTEBOOKS WIDE OPEN” was… Continue reading