Every student at Barwon Heads Primary School has a Writer’s Notebook.
A Writer’s Notebook is a tool that is used to help students develop their writing skills. We are currently working on writing personal narratives. A personal narrative is a written text about a personal experience, opinion or reflection.
Last term, all 4A and 4B students decorated their Writer’s Notebooks at home so they represent the students’ individuality. They look fantastic!
Here are some of our Writer’s Notebooks…
Here’s how our Writer’s Notebooks work:
1. We generate ideas for writing on an Ideas Page. Ideas can be recorded at any opportunity.
2. We write short entries in our Writer’s Notebook to expand on our ideas.
3. We read through their entries and select one entry to draft.
4. We draft our personal narrative in our draft books. We capture the essence of the text from the entry but the draft is more detailed. It also zooms in on the key idea.
5. We revise our draft by making changes to the content to improve the writing. This stage is all about working on the craft of writing. We can draft as few or many times as necessary to achieve the best possible draft.
6. We edit the final draft by checking the punctuation, grammar, spelling and ensuring it makes sense.
7. We publish the draft to form the completed personal narrative.
Throughout the writing process, we will also focus on learning different writing traits and strategies that help bring our writing to life.
We are currently working at stage four and five. Very soon we will have our first published personal narrative! Throughout the year we will focus on different text types in our Writer’s Notebooks. We look forward to publishing many pieces of writing!
It is great to see everyone thinking about their writing and working towards achieving their personal best! We are writers in 4A and 4B!