How many of you are working in a school in transition—somewhere in between the traditional computer lab and full 1:1 adoption? I read a lot online about how to teach in 1:1 classrooms, but what if you aren’t there yet?
So, given my current reality that students will be working on paper most days, I am sticking with the old-fashioned paper composition notebook for first draft writing and minilessons.
Click here for the Google Doc with instructions for students: Reading-Writing Notebook
R/W Notebook Directions
- Use a 100-page composition-style notebook. Note: You will use one for first semester and one for second semester.
- Skip the first 5 pages. Number the rest on the bottom right corners.
- Each new entry starts on the next right-facing page.
- In general, write on the right and tape handouts on the left.
- Date the upper right corner of each new entry.
- The Daily Pages Section begins on page 51. To save space, write on both sides. Skip a single line between each entry. Ongoing homework is 3 – 5 pages of writing every week (Due Wednesdays).
R/W Notebook Organization
FIRST FIVE SHEETS
- Inside front cover: R/W Notebook Directions
- Fly Page (leave blank)
- Title Page (decorate to show your personality, interests, and talents)
- Table of Contents (3 pages)
AFTER FIRST FIVE SHEETS
- Writer’s Workshop Expectations and Rules pp. 1- 2
- What Should I Write? pp. 3 – 7
- Book Love Expectations / How to Book Talk / Someday Books pp. 8 – 10
- Literature and Writing Terms pp. 11-12
- Personal Spelling Survival and Personal Spelling Demons pp. 13-14
- Personal Editing Checklist p. 15 – 16
- Minilessons on Craft and Conventions pp. 17 – 50
- Daily Pages and First Draft Writing – Drafts, Reflections, Journals, Freewrites, Quickwrites, Experiments pp. 51 to end
Ideas for R/W Notebook Daily Pages
- Your Writing Territories. Remember to keep adding to this list as ideas come to you. Writing territories include any genre / form of writing. Write from your heart.
- OpTIC Writer’s Notebook: Op = opinion or argument; T = teach / talk to a parent / guardian; I = informational / explanatory writing; C = creative. See the OpTIC handout for specific ideas.
*Note: Many students use daily pages to work on longer pieces. Students are welcome to do that. Just make sure to write at least 3 pages (250 – 300 words).