This week in class, we re-launched our Writer’s Notebooks!
A Writer’s Notebook is a tool used to develop ideas for writing. We decorated our Writer’s Notebooks earlier in the year to make them special and personalised books.
As a school, we are currently changing the way we collect ideas in our Writer’s Notebooks. We use a double page in our Writer’s Notebooks and follow this structure:
Left hand side page:
We generate ideas about a specific topic using a particular tool.
For example, this week in 3/4C students thought of a place or location they had been and they brainstormed the sensory details they associated with that place or location. The tool we used was a ‘sensory hand’.
Miss Jordan brainstormed sensory details about Times Square in New York City.
Top of the right hand side page:
We take one of the ideas listed on the left hand side and develop that idea into a brief text – an entry. We elaborate on the initial idea by adding extra details and descriptive language.
For example, Miss Jordan selected the “it’s never quiet” idea about Times Square and developed an entry to explain how busy, noisy and energetic Times Square is.
Bottom of the right hand side page:
We list a variety of fiction and non-fiction ideas in different genres we could write about based on our initial ideas on the left hand side.
For example, Miss Jordan listed the following ideas:
- Fiction: Narrative – a young girl gets lost in Times Square.
- Non-Fiction: Information Report – the Rockefeller Centre.
- Non-Fiction: Persuasive – New York City is the best city in the world.
- Non-Fiction: Personal Narrative – Shopping for souvenirs.
In future writing sessions, students will then use these ideas from their Writer’s Notebooks to draft pieces of writing in different genres.
We are looking forward to collecting many ideas in our Writer’s Notebooks to inspire us to write all kinds of different texts!
Everyone enjoyed re-launching their Writer’s Notebooks in class this week!
What place or location did you select to generate ideas this week?
What writing ideas did you come up with?
What is your favourite writing genre?
What do you enjoy about Writer’s Notebooks?