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Writer's Notebook Explained


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Writer's Notebook Explained

  1. 1. Writer’s Notebook You have ideas worth writing down!
  2. 2. Writing Circle …and so, the creative circle goes round and Your Idea Write it down Sparks a new idea Write more
  3. 3. Unlocking the writer within ….
  4. 4. You may not see yourself as a writer… BUT everyone has something to say!
  5. 5. Keeping a Writer’s Notebook When I find something that inspires me, I write about it in my writer's notebook. I think of my writer's notebook as a true friend, a great listener, someone who will accept whatever I write (the good, the bad, the weird, and the tedious). My writer's notebook never judges me. It understands that becoming a writer takes a long time, and we might as well have a little fun along the way. Ralph Fletcher (2005)
  6. 6. What is aWhat is a Writer’sWriter’s Notebook?Notebook? Not a diary! Writers react. Writers need a place to record these reactions.
  7. 7. Writing SmallWriting Small Seed IdeasSeed IdeasMind PicturesMind Pictures DreamsDreams Snippits of TalkSnippits of Talk ListsLists MemoriesMemories Writing that InspiresWriting that Inspires Unforgettable StoriesUnforgettable Stories …… ……
  8. 8. The Outside… Reflects the writer’s personality Small notepad, a journal, a sketch book, or a composition book Place to keep your thoughts, dreams, words, lists, ramblings, stories, reflections, quotes, pictures…
  9. 9. The Inside…
  10. 10. Rereading: Digging OutRereading: Digging Out the Crystalsthe Crystals How do you separate crystal from dull rock?
  11. 11. “Observation of the Room” Strategy
  12. 12. “Meaningful Place” Strategy
  13. 13. “Look at a Photograph” Strategy
  14. 14. “Think of a Person” Strategy
  15. 15. “Look at an Object” Strategy
  16. 16. Notebook ChecklistNotebook Checklist Keep your notebook with you at all times. Date every entry. Do not skip pages. All drawings should have writing with them. Number the pages. Write daily. Vary your topics. Care for your notebook. Make sure there is evidence of what you’re learning in your notebook.
  17. 17. “Tell the truth about your life and what’s really going on.” -Georgia Heard
  18. 18. Final thought about what a notebookFinal thought about what a notebook is from fifth grader, Briana from fifth grader, Briana Carlin. A notebook is where you keep dew drops from a dew drop morning. It’s where the sun sets. It’s the wind in your face at the beach looking out over the water. A notebook is where you’re playing with your dog. It’s where you have dreams about walking on rainbows. It’s where the good feelings and the bad feelings spend the night.