Q: What is a writer's notebook?

A: It is a place to collect ideas and items that might someday become writing projects. Entries can take various forms, such as webs, lists, graphs, sketches, questions, memories or artifacts like photos, bulletins, notes, and ticket stubs.


Q: When is a good time to start using writers' notebooks?

A: Second grade is a good time to have children start creating a record of such things as charts and observations about experiences, responses to read-alouds, lists, sketches, ideas for future writing pieces, or informational notes from content areas. This notebook should be used by the student to help them focus their writing in school.

Created on 9/5/2008 - Last updated on 11/14/2009