Starting your Writer’s Notebook

Welcome students!  It’s time to start creating your writer’s notebook.  To do that, you’re going to engage in a few writing exercises today.  These are strategies we will continually use throughout the semester.

Okay, it’s time to start your first notebook entry.  Here goes…


Daily Prompt (DP) #1:  

On the first page, write your name at the top.  Nickname, full name – you decide.

Underneath it, write whatever you want. Write about the history of your name, the significance of it, what you like/don’t like about it, other people you know with this name, names you wish you had, etc….  Poetry, prose: don’t over think it; just start writing.  You could even draw.

This entry will be an optional one to share.

*Returning Students: imagine your name has been taken away from you and replaced with a number. Explore how that would affect you.


 

DP #2: Writing from a List:

Select your own topic for a list, then make that list.  A list should have at least 5 items.  Give the list a title.

 

Now, pick one of the items on your list and begin free writing about it.  You have five minutes.

This entry will be an optional one to share. 


DP #3: Questions:

Write down a question you have to which you do not know the answer.

 

 

 

 

Now for the fun part!  Pass your notebook to someone sitting next to you and attempt to answer his/her question.  Write your response in his/her notebook.

 

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