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Get set! Every Page Has a Purpose


What’s in the video

  • How to use The Writer’s Notebook to develop the total writer, one who gains a deeper understanding of the writing process by the end of year.
  • How I have my students set up their Writer’s Notebooks (I provide the handout in the “More Resources section”)
  • What I consider are the non-negotiables.
  • Where you have room to do what’s best for your students.

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7 thoughts on “LESSON 2

  1. I just had to laugh. When I started using Writer’s Notebooks, I thought I’d finally hit the pinnacle, and my purpose was to allow my Ss to own their writing and have a lot of choice. Saying, “Write about whatever you wanted” to juniors who had always been told what to write in school was my big failure. After realizing that they weren’t just being lazy, I had to own that the problem was my lack of scaffolding and modeling. I got smarter, but I wish it had happened sooner. Eventually, I had some fabulous successes from my creative writers who could finally do what they wanted in English – a novel and a book of poems were my favorites, and I had some fabulous covers!

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  2. I had a more free-for-all, keep it simple approach last year, and while we continued to use the notebook, the quality amongst students varied. When I finally collected them after not looking for a semester, I saw that some students had done the bare minimum. So yes, I think I need to make it more purposeful so I can hold myself accountable.


  3. I love the set up. I used the writer’s notebook with kids before I clearly had thought through all of the needed sections. Bless you!


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