Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook

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A writer's notebook is an essential springboard for the pieces that will later be crafted in writers' workshop. It is here that students brainstorm topics, play with leads and endings, tweak a new revision strategy, or test out a genre for the first time.

In Notebook Know-How, Aimee Buckner provides the tools teachers need to make writers' notebooks an integral part of their writing programs. She also ...

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Overview

A writer's notebook is an essential springboard for the pieces that will later be crafted in writers' workshop. It is here that students brainstorm topics, play with leads and endings, tweak a new revision strategy, or test out a genre for the first time.

In Notebook Know-How, Aimee Buckner provides the tools teachers need to make writers' notebooks an integral part of their writing programs. She also addresses many of the questions teachers ask when they start using notebooks with their students, including:

  • How do I launch the notebook?
  • What mini-lessons can be used throughout the year to help students become more skilled in keeping notebooks?
  • How do I help students who are stuck in writing ruts with notebooks?
  • How do I help students use their learning from notebooks for other writing?
  • How do I organize notebooks so that the design is flexible, yet still allows students to access information easily?
  • How can writers' notebooks help students become better readers?
  • How do I assess notebooks?

This compact guide is packed with lessons, tips, and samples of student writing to help teachers make the most of writers' notebooks, without sacrificing time needed for the rest of the literacy curriculum. In fact, Notebook Know-How shows how smart and focused use of writers' notebooks enhances and deepens literacy learning in both reading and writing for students in grades 3–8.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571104137
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 75,404
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Ch. 1 Why notebooks? 1
Ch. 2 Launching the notebook 9
Ch. 3 Kneading notebooks : expanding topics and building collections of ideas 35
Ch. 4 When writers read 55
Ch. 5 Using notebooks to understand genre 75
Ch. 6 Writing wrongs : editing, spelling, and punctuation 95
Ch. 7 Assessing the notebook 111
App Considerations for notebooks 127
App Charting author style 128
App Midyear self-evaluation 129
App End-of-year self-assessment 131
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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    A great book for teachers, or would be teachers who are not familiar with Writer's Notebook.

    As someone who has made a career change from the corporate world to teaching I found this book to be invaluable. This book was recommended to me by my instructor for a writing workshop that I recently took. I am so glad I invested in it! It not only teaches you how to teach Writer's Notebook, but it also teaches the teacher how to read like a writer first. If you were not taught that way when you were in school (as many of us were not years ago), after reading this book you will read differently. Not just books, but newspapers, magazines or whatever. What an eye opener! This is a book that you will use over and over again.
    Even if your school district mandates what you teach, you will still be able to use some of these methods to correspond with your curriculum and guidelines.

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