Starting your Writer’s Notebook

Welcome students!

Before we start our main lesson today, I want all of you to write down a short-term goal you have for yourself this semester. It does not have to be related to this class. Put your name on it so I can check in with you to see how it’s going. Once you’ve written it down, stick it on our goals wall. Once you’ve completed the goal, move it over to the “Achieved” column!

Now 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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