Our current focus in our writers notebooks are journal entries twice weekly...
How to decide what to put into your Writer’s Notebook...
There are many ways to decide what to put into your Writer’s Notebook.
Here are some helpful hints to get you started:
- List favourite foods, movies, books, places you love.
- Write the title of a special time in your life.
- Stencil the name of a special person.
- Put in a photo.
- Respond to a poem or story and say how it speaks to you.
- Sketch the people you love.
- Jot down memories related to a favourite object.
- Put in a letter, card or postcard from a special person.
- Collect strong story leads.
- Use this term’s topic or study for ideas.
- Put in tickets from a special event you attended.
- Sketch something that is going on in your life right now.
- Put in a great picture you’ve found.
- Make a map of your bedroom, house, neighbourhood.
- Copy in some funny/touching/ inspiring quotes
- Make a web of special moments/important people.
- Put in a magazine or newspaper headline or article.
What do I do when I have put ‘seeds’ into my Notebook? Once you’ve added a "seed" it’s time to think. Thinking takes quiet time by yourself. What does this seed make you to think of? You can express your ideas in several ways:
- Use the headings ‘I Think’, ‘I Feel’, ‘I Wonder’ to put down ideas.
- Write random words that the seed draws from your mind.
- Use a graphic organizer.
- Make a list.
- Use the Thinking Hats.
- Use the headings ‘I Remember’, ‘I Hope’, ‘I Imagine’.
- Draw a Venn Diagram to find similarities and differences between two ideas.
- For photos, use these questions to help.
- Who is in the photo?
- What is happening?
- What does this photo make me think about?
- What would I be doing if I was in the photo?
- Make a concept map or a flow chart.
- Use a Thinker’s Key.