"I begin most Writer's Notebook lessons with a mentor text, either one of the ones listed or an excerpt from one of the Ralph Fletcher books. Breathing In, Breathing Out is the absolute best book to read if you haven't yet. It really helped…"
"We spend the first couple of weeks making lists in Writer's Notebook and, along with helping them to fall in love with their notebook, the lists create a great resource that the kids use all year long, . Here's some of the stuff we do:…"
"I think any mentor text would work. For example, I like to use the book The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, and have my students make a list of the times they have had relatives visit or a time they visited relatives. I think any good book can…"
"Something along the lines of things they know about.
1. Have them list the people they know in government.
2. Maybe all the different religions they know.
3. All the different cultures they have met.
4. Its an oldie with a twist. Have them make a…"
I love using Notebooks to teach writing. For the first several weeks of school, I really try to get my students to make lists, so they always have a bank of topics to write about. I was just wondering if anyone had any good lessons that correlate to making lists, like a good mentor text. Or, do you have any good ideas to launch the Ideas trait?