Lessons for the Writer's Notebook by Ralph Fletcher, JoAnn Portalupi
Lessons for the Writer's Notebook
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Lessons for the Writer's Notebook

Writer's notebooks can be powerful assets for any writing teacher. They provide a high-comfort, "hot-house" environment where students' writing can flourish. Lessons for the Writer's Notebook by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi provides a series of proven lessons that will help you introduce the writer's notebook into your classroom, sustain it in your curriculum, and eventually guide students to transition from the privacy of the notebook to public, finished pieces of writing. Whether used as a stand-alone resource in your literacy block, or as an alternative launch cycle in your Teaching the...

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Writer's notebooks can be powerful assets for any writing teacher. They provide a high-comfort, "hot-house" environment where students' writing can flourish. Lessons for the Writer's Notebook by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi provides a series of proven lessons that will help you introduce the writer's notebook into your classroom, sustain it in your curriculum, and eventually guide students to transition from the privacy of the notebook to public, finished pieces of writing. Whether used as a stand-alone resource in your literacy block, or as an alternative launch cycle in your Teaching the Qualities of Writing (TQW) curriculum, Lessons for the Writer's Notebook will inspire your students to pick up a pen and imagine the writing possibilities.

Lessons for the Writer's Notebook includes:
  1. Lesson Cards
    • 20 ready-to-use lessons
    • exemplar text
    • graphic organizers
  2. Author Chats CD
    • quick audio clips from Ralph explain how he uses his writer's notebook
  3. Teacher's Guide
    • Notebook's philosophy
    • planning charts
    • teaching tips

Lessons for the Writer's Notebook and Teaching the Qualities of Writing (TQW)
While Lessons for the Writers Notebook will support any writing curriculum, it is ideally suited to reinforce and extend Portalupi and Fletcher's Teaching the Qualities of Writing (TQW). Mirroring the approach and three-part lesson structure of TQW's ready-to-use lessons, the Lessons for the Writer's Notebook offers an alternative launch cycle for introducing your TQW curriculum. Together, Notebook and TQW will improve the quality of your students' writing while it develops your ability to read and assess their work.

Contents

Contents
The 20 lessons (N1–N20) in Lessons for the Writer's Notebook are organized around three distinct stages of notebook use: Introducing, Sustaining, and Transitioning.
 
Introducing
The first four lessons introduce students to the idea of keeping a writer's notebook. This week-long introduction prepares students for using a notebook and viewing the world through a writer's lens. Unlike the other lessons, these lessons focus on discussion rather than student writing.
 
N1 Introducing the Notebook
N2 Introducing the Notebook (alternate version)
N3 Preparing for the Notebook Launch
N4 Launching the Notebook
Sustaining
Each sustaining lesson introduces students to a new way of using their notebook. While there is no set way for using a writer's notebook, these thirteen lessons present a range of strategies that will enhance a student's writing repertoire.
N5 Collecting Mind Pictures and Sensory Observations
N6 Wondering About the World
N7 Writing from the Heart
N8 Capturing Bits of Conversation
N9 Experimenting with Goof-Around Writing
N10 Reacting to the World
N11 Starting a Seed Idea
N12 Gathering Artifacts
N13 Capturing Memories
N14 Reflecting on Yourself as a Writer
N15 Saving Writing You Admire
N16 Writing off of a Text
N17 Trying Some "Stretch Writing"
Transitioning
Transitioning lessons help move students out of the notebook toward more focused pieces of writing. These lessons help you talk to students about how to reread, think about genre, and plan for a writing project that may have its earliest version nestled in the pages of the notebook.
 
N18 Thinking About Genre
N19 Making a Plan
N20 Crafting a Finished Piece

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Seminars

Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Ralph Fletcher directly about professional development support.

Seminars

Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact JoAnn Portalupi directly about professional development support.