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Gail Tanner replied to Kelli Newlon's discussion Ideas in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"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…"
Sep 14, 2010
Kelli Newlon replied to Kelli Newlon's discussion Ideas in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"Thanks! I like all of those ideas. Do you use mentor texts along with those lessons, or just make the list?"
Sep 13, 2010
Gail Tanner replied to Kelli Newlon's discussion Ideas in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"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:…"
Sep 13, 2010
Kelli Newlon replied to Kelli Newlon's discussion Ideas in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"Anita- I love Notebook Know-How. I use all of the lessons from that book. Thanks! Lisa- I've used The Relatives Came in the past. Great idea! Thanks."
Sep 11, 2010
Lisa Abrams replied to Kelli Newlon's discussion Ideas in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"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…"
Sep 10, 2010
Anita Watson replied to Kelli Newlon's discussion Ideas in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"Notebook Know-How by Aimee Buckner has great ideas for lists."
Sep 10, 2010
Marian Welch-Quigley replied to Kelli Newlon's discussion Ideas in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"Have you tried heart maps? They are more of a visual list. http://www.writingfix.com/genres/narrative_mentor_texts/How_to_write_life_story.htm Also the current lesson of the month has children listing fierce wonderings. I just tried this with a…"
Sep 10, 2010
Paul Jackson replied to Kelli Newlon's discussion Ideas in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"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…"
Sep 10, 2010
Lauren Blood replied to Kelli Newlon's discussion Ideas in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"Ralph Fletcher has a lot of great ideas....lists for what students wonder about, authority lists, etc."
Sep 9, 2010
Paul Jackson replied to Kelli Newlon's discussion Ideas in the group Using Writer's Notebooks
"Lists about what? I would have them list things they are interested in learning about."
Sep 9, 2010
Kelli Newlon added a discussion to the group Using Writer's Notebooks
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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? 
Sep 9, 2010

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