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Three Reasons Why a Writer’s Notebook is an Important Tool for Writers

Do you want to teach your writers how to use a tool that will nourish their informational and literary writing all year? The writer’s notebook serves as that very tool!

1. A writer’s notebook is a place where your students gather ideas and topics for longer writing pieces outside of the notebook. Writers are aware of their world, their thinking and are always learning from their own experiences. As writers, your students, learn to capture their thoughts, ideas, favorite memories, wonderings, and things they are learning or are curious about in their writer’s notebook. It is a place for them to write daily. Your students will read and reread their notebooks to determine an engaging topic that they want to write about. One of the most important parts of the writing process is deciding on a topic you are interested in and want to share your thinking about. This is one of the crucial decisions you make before committing to a longer piece of writing outside of the notebook. The writer’s notebook supports your students’ decision-making process by collecting all their thoughts, dreams, and ideas. 

2. A writer’s notebook is a safe place for students to write more about their topic or ideas as they dig deeper into their experiences and thoughts. When you select a topic and continue to write about it in your writer’s notebook it helps you to clarify what your message will be to your reader. It helps you to focus on different aspects of your original idea and think about the purpose, audience, and genre you will select for your piece of writing. As writers, your students make many decisions, and this continued work in their notebook supports them in that decision making process.

3. A writer’s notebook is a place to try out new learning or play with a craft technique, exercising your writing muscles. Students can apply the minilesson learning in their notebook or a suggestion from a peer or teacher. It is a place to experiment and explore all the things they are noticing about how authors engage and share their messages with their audiences. The notebook provides a safe, low stakes place for your students to stretch themselves as a writer.

A writer’s notebook provides your students an opportunity to live like a writer and view themselves as a writer. It is a safe place to collect your thoughts, your dreams and try out new learning. It is yours. It is personal. It is a place where you record your life and all your thinking, reactions, and learning. A writer’s notebook is a treasured tool that can last a lifetime.

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