Using the Writer's Notebook in Grades 3-8: A Teacher's Guide
Janet Elliott performs magic in the classroom by encouraging children to write! In this highly readable guide, Elliott provides everything you need to re-create that magic in your classroom, including tips and ideas for getting started with writer’s notebooks and using them effectively all year long. Filled with practical ideas, assignments, and examples of student writing, this book offers a vision of what is possible for young writers—both in writing across the curriculum and in writing workshop. You’ll also find handy management tips that help you meet the challenges that often arise.
Starting with a rationale for using writer’s notebooks, topics include getting started, using the notebook to record observations, and using children’s literature as a springboard for writing entries. Elliott shows you how to help students develop their entries through the writing process and use the notebook as a planning tool. Also included are a focused unit of study for the writer’s notebook and a special chapter about engaging boys in notebook writing. You’ll return to this valuable resource again and again, whether you’ve used writer’s notebooks for years or are just starting out.
131 pp. 2008. Grades 3–8. ISBN 978-0-8141-3500-6.