Sherry’s Writing Weblog

What is a Writer’s Notebook?

I am a Literacy/Numeracy Support Teacher for the Greater Essex County District School Board. This blog is intended to be a resource for teachers who are interested in using a Writer’s Notebook in their writing programs, or who would just like to share ideas about writing in general.



  1. Thanks for starting this blog Sherry. So what is a Writer’s Notebook? I’m currently using two writing books: a composition book and a reflection journal. The composition book, new this year for me, is a hard cover book with wider rule, that students use to web ideas and write drafts. Stephanie Molenda shared this idea with me. It replaces the standard Hilroy notebook. It’s working well for us. The hard cover/look makes it a novelty for the students. The Reflection Journal, is used about once a week to reflect on a variety of topics: lessons, personal experiences, movies, issues, etc. At the beginning of each year I create a coil bound book, with blank pages, and a laminated cover with their photo. The original idea was to create a book that parents/students would want to keep as a souvenier of their writing prowess at age 8.

    Comment by Cathy Boyer — October 13, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

  2. A writer’s notebook is a place where students can write their thoughts, feelings,memories, what they notice around them, ideas–basically anything. It’s a place to write freely and then it acts as a springboard for their public writing. The students choose what to share and what to keep private. It’s important to model the kinds of things that can be included in a w.n. when you launch them. Ralph Fletcher has great ideas for this. He has written a book for kids, titled A Writer’s Notebook. (You can get it at Chapters online for just over $5.00) Many teachers read this aloud and have the students try the strategies that he writes about. There is also a book called Amelia’s Notebook which is a great model for what a notebook could look like. Max’s Logbook is also a good title.

    Comment by Sherry Doherty — October 15, 2008 @ 1:16 am

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