Considering that you're reading my blog, you can safely assume that I enjoy writing. You can ALWAYS find me with a notebook in hand to make lists, jot notes, or to doodle with free time. I have even started carrying a "Life" notebook and a "School" notebook. *cough nerd cough*
As a junior in college, I was required to keep a Writer's Notebook. This was my first introduction to keeping a composition notebook as a writing journal. Throughout my junior year, we participated in different writing activities to keep in our notebook. As a senior and throughout my Masters classes, I continued adding to the same notebook. My notebook was a combo of lessons, ideas, and mock mini lessons for kids.
One of my items on my to-do list in that handy school notebook was to spruce up my Writer's Notebook. I had a few composition notebooks left over from last year, so I snagged one and started to update my notebook. Here are some mini lessons I plan on doing with my kids at the beginning of the year to jump into our Writer's Notebook.
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Why not make your notebook personal? I added a photo of my adorable pirate nephew and sweet baby niece.
Here's a Life Map I made back in college. I wrote down several memories of my childhood and growing up in the wonderful city of Sedalia. Apparently I thought it was important to include my "marble collection....". I'm still wondering what made me even collect marbles.
I am known for having a camera with me 24/7, so I adore the idea of writing from a photograph. Looking an image and remembering that single moment and writing all the memories that come flooding back. I love this image of my grandparents from a family vacation to Disney World. I am pretty sure I was in diapers, but you can see the happiness and love beaming from them. It's so easy to write countless memories of my grandparents from this one single image.
|Writing From a Picture|
I believe a lot of powerful writing comes directly from your heart. Often times, I have poured my heart and soul into a piece of writing and felt a wave of relief after expressing myself in the written form. With a heart map, students can jot down everything that they hold close in their heart and refer back to it when they are in need of a writing topic.
|Narrowing Your Topic|
|Writing From an Artifact|
|Writing About Reading|
Another list idea would be to make a list of things you as a writer knows a lot about. We all have different journeys and experiences, so each list will look differently. I love giving my students the independence with their notebooks and letting their lists and ideas transform their notebooks into something personal and unique.
|Things I Know a lot About|
There's a start in my writer's notebook, what do YOU do with your Writer's Notebooks? I would love more ideas! Here's the philosophy I follow, and I printed a copy of this little reminder for my kid's writer's notebooks: