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Writers Notebook

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Lucy McWaters

on 24 September 2013

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Transcript of Writers Notebook

Learning Intention


to use their notebooks to gather and explore information and ideas by writing, sketching, gluing in artifacts. They plant seeds to invite new and deeper thinking. This can then be shaped into topics and text types.
Success Criteria
I can gather ideas to help me organise my thinking, when writing.
I understand the Narrative text type.
I can write an introduction that sets the scene and mood.
I can write about a problem that sets off an event.
I can end my story where the problem is solved.
I can include paragraphs and descriptive language.
I can proof read and edit my work.
Writers Seeds
Students must decorate an individual paper bag, that can express who they are as a person.

For Example:

-Favorite movies, sports,
singers and quotes
- Pictures of family and friends

You Tube Clip:

Writers Seeds Ideas
Sketch treasured object, memory
Write about/sketch a special person, memory
Write about favourite quote from literature
Sketch an observation in your yard, neighbourhood
Words of a song
Respond to a poem or story and say how it speaks to you
Glue in a map; a painting; a feather; a key!
List places you love and why
Make a web of holidays and special moments
Create a graphic organizer of a topic of interest
Glue in a photo of a holiday place, a special moment etc
Glue in a magazine or newspaper headline or article
Glue in a letter or card from a special person
Collect words or phrases or snippets of dialogue
Sketch or write about something that is going on in your life right now
Sketch or collect pictures of things that make the world a happy place
Scaffold for Thinking

Who is in the photo?
Think, Feel, Wonder, Imagine
Plus Minus Interesting
From Another Perspective
De Bono's Thinking Hats
Graphic organizers- Fish Bone
The Stimulus for the Writers Seeds can be collected on the weekends or throughout the holiday period, as part of a homework task.
Instructions For Session on Writers Notebook
1. Paste pictures of suitcases in the 'Writers Notebook'.The picture becomes the stimulus that will assist you in answering questions on the three levels of thinking.

2. Students must then write out the three levels of thinking questions and personally answer them individually.

3.Once students have finished answering the questions based on the suitcase. Students have to then rule the page off, at the point where questions finish on the page.

4. Students need to select one text type, E.g. Persuasive, Narrative, Poem or Report to complete a piece of writing on.

5. Finally students must pick an idea from the Writers Seed list and find the next stimulus for writing in their Notebook, over the course of the weekend. This is to be completed as a Homework task.

Questions on levels of Thinking

Level 1
Surface Thinking
What can I see?
What is obvious?
What are the facts?

Level 2
Below Surface Thinking
What do I think?
What can I infer?
What questions do I have?
What do I visualise?

Level 3
Core Thinking
What issues are involved?
What connections can I make?
What are the key messages?
Layout of the Writers Notebook
What can I see?

What is obvious?

What are the facts?
What do I think?

What do I infer?

What questions do I have?

What are the issues involved?

What connections can I make?

What do I visualise?

These are the questions that need
to be answered in your 'Writers Notebooks' :)
Answer questions on the
three levels of thinking
Stick a picture of suitcases here
and use it as a stimulus to assist you in answering the questions
Narrative Writing Structure
Orientation: sets the mood, introduces characters
Complication: dilemma or problem that sets off the events
Sequence of events: triggered by the complication
Resolution: climax or ending where the problem is resolved
Writer's Workshop
First draft Checklist
Is my message clear?
Does it make sense?
Does it sound right?
Are my ideas in order?
Is there a beginning, middle and end?

Strategies to check Meaning
and Order of ideas:
-read it to myself in my head
-read it to myself out aloud
-ask a friend to read it
- ask a friend to read it back to you
Example of Writers Note book
Example of Writers Notebook
Aurasma on bringing in stimulus for Writers Seeds
Yahoo Image URLS:

Deb Sukarna; Writers Notebook; 2012

Debbie McWaters-my mum, as a teacher resource
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