The Teacher’s Writer’s Notebook (Part 2)...

Apr 19, 2012 by

In yesterday’s blog I shared some thoughts on the importance of teachers keeping writer’s notebooks.  I also shared that, while I have found my writer’s notebook to be a valuable teaching tool during mini-lessons and individual conferences, it is becoming cumbersome because it has no organization to it.  When I first started this notebook, it contained random entries for no particular audience.  As I have begun to use it as a teaching tool, however, I’m realizing that I need it to have some order. One of my summer goals is to re-do my writer’s notebook so that it is more organized and user friendly when I confer with students. I want to have different sections for various genres and examples of writing that will accompany my units of study: personal narrative, poetry, essay, etc....

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The Teacher’s Writers Notebook...

Apr 18, 2012 by

If you are a writing teacher, I highly encourage you to keep a writer’s notebook.  Because I’m not much of a journal writer, keeping a writer’s notebook used to intimidate me, and it seemed like “one more thing” to put on my to-do list.  Then a few summers ago, I participated in the Oakland Writing Project which is affiliated with the National Writing Project.  For four weeks I had to live like a writer.  I had to keep a writer’s notebook, write some drafts, share them with my colleagues in a peer response group, and even publish a couple of pieces.  Guess what I found out?  I really enjoyed keeping a writer’s notebook and “living a writerly life” (as Ralph Fletcher would word it).  I vowed to continue adding to my notebook.  You can...

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Modeled Writing

Nov 5, 2008 by

Modeled writing is a time for the teacher to demonstrate the writing process through his/her own writing. The students may ask questions about the topic, but the teacher is doing all of the composing. Modeled writing should take place often and is most effective right before an independent writing session. As students become more proficient writers, modeling does not need to occur before every session, but it should definitely occur each time students are introduced to a new genre of writing (journal, letter, list, narrative, paragraph, report, etc.). Students will need to see more than one modeled lesson in each new genre. PROCEDURES: Step 1 – Select a Topic Decide upon a topic. Choose an interesting story about yourself, something you have read aloud, a letter you want to write, something that recently happened...

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