"Thank you for the Did-It-Dots idea. Most students respond very well to verbal encouragement, but I cannot get around to everyone in a session. The dots will allow me to honor everyone who accomplishes a page, and then more as time goes on. It is…"
"That is what notebooks are for...fierce wonderings and careful observations. This field trip will surely offer both. Make sure your students understand that there is a purpose for this collecting. maybe you will have them write a poem about the…"
"I allow my students to write in their notebooks for all of independent writing time...30 minutes a day. As far as drawing, I allow a quick sketch as long as I have TONS of details labeled in the quick sketch. Drawings can help a student remember a…"
"Start with 10 of your favorite books, books that you know and connect with. Study these books. What makes them so good? Look at the craft (similes, beginnings, rising action, etc) and document this information. These can be your mini-lessons. Good…"
"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…"
"At the beginning of the year we create an anchor chart. We call it the Writing Buffet. Each day I read a different type of book- so if I am reading poems that day, we add poems to the list. The next day we may read a personal narrative (Patricia…"
"Thank you all for your thoughts and explanations. I am still struggling with this, though. I can't seem to get them going in the writer's notebook without giving them a prompt. Lisa, how do you have them work with poems, narratives,…"
"Hey Joan. This is a brief "how to" for how I use the notebooks. We write in them daily during our independent writing time. The first couple of weeks of school, we are playing around with all types of writing: poetry, riddles, narratives,…"
"I understand the basic concept of the notebook, but I was wondering how far do you take the writing process in it. For example do the children write all their drafts in the notebook or just do ideas and brainstorming activities in it. At what point…"
I coulden't live without the notebook. My student's use it for collecting, selecting, and marinating on self selected ideas. We rarely use prompts because the valuable information in the notebooks give us TONS of ideas on any genre.As a published writer myself, I am able to show my students that "real writers" use notebooks too. That helps ensure the value of living the writerly life. :)See More