Though there are a million tiny differences that can make this look different in every single classroom, the basic idea is: For me, the Writer's Notebook is an integral part of this process. Now, WN purists believe that all the material generated in the notebook is solely determined by the student. You will never teach grammar and mechanics again in a way that can be likened to watching paint dry or linoleum peel. It's sorta long, sorta amateur, BUT it covers a lot of the essentials on how writing works in my classroom: ********************************************************************************* Writer's Workshop: This is the only model that I use.Printables include writing prompts, proofreading checklists, inspiration for writing, and puzzles to improve vocabulary.
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You will see he makes my list THREE times, but that's code for READ ALL HIS BOOKS! By far, writer's notebook is my most powerful teaching tool and I've watched it work magic on writing-resistant kids.
Seriously, it's like he is there with me, co-teaching all the way! If I had my way, I'd ONLY teach writing through writer's notebook all day long! I like to think of it as "guided choice." I give students the genre and a broad topic, but they get to explore and choose the more specific details of their piece.
A Writer's Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You by Ralph Fletcher. I once had a student ask if Ralph Fletcher was my boyfriend because I talk about him time in class. I'm linking you to the new edition, but I admit that I've only read the first edition. Everything he says is right, so you can't go wrong with whatever edition you read. Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook by Aimee Buckner. I also wanted to find a way to integrate Writer's Notebook even more into my workshops, especially when teaching writing to inform/explain, which doesn't always lend itself well to WN... The results of this effort are several, short (2 weeks), quick-paced workshop units that are designed to get students writing several pieces in our studied genres, but using some of the choice and freedom found in WN.
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