Notebook Know-How

Strategies for the Writer's Notebook

Notebook Know-How (2005, Stenhouse Publishers)

English language

Published Jan. 9, 2005 by Stenhouse Publishers.

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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 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 …

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This book is fantastic and has given me a lot of ideas to work with, especially as I tried writing journals last year and found that they were brilliant for one class and awful for another. I recognised that there was a lot of structure I was probably missing, and I've found a lot of interesting things to throw into my writer's notebook.

It's definitely a book I'd recommend for anyone looking to use writing journals (any format) with their students.

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  • English language -- Composition and exercises -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
  • Language arts (Elementary)
  • Creative writing (Elementary education)
  • Notebooks