I love the idea of a writer's notebook but, as a high school teacher, I don't have a lot of time for cutting and pasting. My students also need more room to write. So, I created a writer's notebook that can be stored in a binder, one that allows room for students to work and to store other handouts as necessary. (This is available in my Writer's Workshop Bundle.)
My binder has several sections: the first part teaches (or reminds) students about the writing process -- I've even included posters for your classroom. Each section comes with a corresponding slide show that you can use to introduce, reinforce or review the skills and concepts in the notebook (depending on the age/needs of your students, you may need more detailed instruction for some of these).
The second section focuses on the elements of effective writing, and students will experiment with diction, tone, syntax, imagery and showing, not telling.
The third section takes a close look at description and narration and provides students with several exercises that they can use to hone these skills. You'll find pages for describing, reflecting, creating character, using dialogue, planning the plot, using foreshadowing and flashback, establishing point of view, creating setting, theme, symbolism, openings and closings.
Section four switches to non-fiction writing, and students will work on ways to write introductory and concluding paragraphs, as well as methods for developing their ideas. I have included a variety of graphic organizers that they can use for the essay types you may ask them to write.
There is also a teacher planner to help you with your planning, organization and assessment.
You could also add my Short Mentor Texts for Secondary Writing
, which would be an excellent addition to your student's notebooks.
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Essay Revision Learning Stations
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Grammar Learning Stations Bundle
Narrative Writing Stations
Halloween Creative Writing Learning Stations
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