Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook

Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook

Aimee Buckner Ralph Fletcher / Dec 15, 2019

Notebook Know How Strategies for the Writer s Notebook A writer s notebook is an essential springboard for the pieces that will later be crafted in writers workshop It is here that students brainstorm topics play with leads and endings tweak a new revis

  • Title: Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook
  • Author: Aimee Buckner Ralph Fletcher
  • ISBN: 9781571104137
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • A writer s notebook is an essential springboard for the pieces that will later be crafted in writers workshop It is here that students brainstorm topics, play with leads and endings, tweak a new revision strategy, or test out a genre for the first time.In Notebook Know How, Aimee Buckner provides the tools teachers need to make writers notebooks an integral part of theiA writer s notebook is an essential springboard for the pieces that will later be crafted in writers workshop It is here that students brainstorm topics, play with leads and endings, tweak a new revision strategy, or test out a genre for the first time.In Notebook Know How, Aimee Buckner provides the tools teachers need to make writers notebooks an integral part of their writing programs She also addresses many of the questions teachers ask when they start using notebooks with their students, including How do I launch the notebook What mini lessons can be used throughout the year to help students become skilled in keeping notebooks How do I help students who are stuck in writing ruts with notebooks How do I help students use their learning from notebooks for other writing How do I organize notebooks so that the design is flexible, yet still allows students to access information easily How can writers notebooks help students become better readers How do I assess notebooks This compact guide is packed with lessons, tips, and samples of student writing to help teachers make the most of writers notebooks, without sacrificing time needed for the rest of the literacy curriculum In fact, Notebook Know How shows how smart and focused use of writers notebooks enhances and deepens literacy learning in both reading and writing for students in grades 3 8.

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    1. So, the book is about teaching grades 3-8 strategies to use a writer's notebook for idea development, inspiration, draft development etc etc. I thought this might be pretty useful for me as an adult trying to use my own notebook more effectively, but this was not entirely true. A fair 1/3 to 1/2 of the book is about strategies for teaching basic grammar, spelling, punctuation, paragraph structure etc using the writer's notebook as a tool. This is not quite what I expected. It's not that the desc [...]

    2. This book explained all the ins and outs any teacher of a writer’s workshop would want to know. I chose this book because I was intrigued by the concept of a writer’s notebook, but I wanted to learn more practical and realistic ways it could be utilized in the classroom to truly engage students. How can I avoid the writer’s notebook turning into a mundane requirement that students only fulfill to please the teacher? This book was geared toward intermediate and elementary students due to th [...]

    3. I absolutely loved this book! I feel like it is a great supplement to Lucy Calkins and Leograndis' "Launching the Writer's Workshop." I don't think it would be a very good resource without a working knowledge of the writer's workshop, but it doesn't pretend to set up the writer's workshop, it gives you help on what your writer's notebooks could like like in your classroom.To start, I adored the easy way that Aimee Buckner wrote. I stayed up until past 11:30 reading this because it was so easy to [...]

    4. Through my readings, in particular Notebook Know How, I have developed my professional understanding of writing instruction. I believe that establishing a place, such as a writer’s notebook, to give students regular and flexible time to practice writing, and develop their writing skills and strategies is a best practice. I found Aimee Buckner’s book, Notebook Know How, to be very practical and relevant to my own writing instruction. I plan on using this book as a resource to plan mini lesson [...]

    5. Aimee Buckner does a fantastic job providing numerous strategies for teachers to implement in writer’s notebooks during writer’s workshop. Buckner really teaches you how to begin the writer’s notebook as well as maintain it. Each chapter has a theme from launching the writer’s notebook to assessing your student’s notebooks. Throughout the chapters Buckner gives multiple tried and true strategies, as well as evidence based strategies to help you help your students keep successful notebo [...]

    6. A good book about teaching an effective writing workshop. It has a lot of practical strategies, which are useful and can mostly be implemented easily with classes. It fits in with writing theories/ideas of Donald Graves, Lucy Calkins, Ralph Fletcher, Katie Wood Ray and others. I originally read it in August of 2006 but have reread it recently and found new links to other authors I have read since Aug 2006.

    7. I love the way Amiee writes and organizes her books. She gets right to the strategies and how they work without sounding pedantic or like a dry textbook. At the same time, she includes enough academic context to explain what makes her strategies work. If I taught the younger grades, I would certainly rate this higher, but I did find that a fair amount of the strategies were suited more for the 3-6 classroom. y

    8. Teacher book I read for a summer class. Great introduction into using a Writer's Notebook with fourth graders. It will definitely come in handy as we implement the Lucy Calkins curriculum next year. It had a lot of practical applications for getting kids into writing and making daily writing apart of the school day. Great for any elementary teacher.

    9. This is a great resource for using writer's notebooks with students. The author is a writing teacher that gave a lot of strategies to use with students. It was organized really well with lots of charts that I will be able to refer to during the school year. Great resource for language arts teachers.

    10. Aimee Buckner has such a realistic view of the classroom, and how being a writing teacher works into that. I loved all of her suggestions for ways to implement writer's notebooks in the classroom. She brought some structure of thinking to this topic -- much appreciated!

    11. I love it. Aimee Buckner writes from the teacher's perspective, providing readers with teacher-student dialogue and practical ideas to get students writing. I will be using a good deal of her ideas in my classroom next year.

    12. This is possibly the best book on keeping a writer's notebook I have ever read. I think any teacher of writing will find powerful strategies to help students develop as writers. Aimee Buckner writes in a way that draws you into her inners circle of teachers of writing.

    13. While I am not ready to move to a complete writer's workshop in my ELA classroom, Buckner offers a lot of great strategies to get students thinking about and practicing writing. The larger focus on narrative writing makes this book feel a little more elementary level, but again, there are a number of strategies that I am looking forward to trying in my 8th grade classroom.

    14. A great read for teachers who want to help students with their writing! Gives a bunch of strategies, loved this book!

    15. "A writer's notebook creates a place for students (and writers) to save their words--in the form of a memory, a reflection, a list, a rambling of thoughts, a sketch, or even a scrap of print taped on the page. A notebook can become whatever the writer makes it to be. As teachers, we can guide its use, present strategies, and even mandate entries if we wish. If the notebook is to be a useful tool, however, it must be useful to the writer first, and the reader (teacher) second. Because in the long [...]

    16. I always struggle with how I want to set up my writer's notebooks so students will use them effectively. This book gave me some direction. Though I feel the activities are geared more for an audience younger than high school, I found many nuggets to adapt and implement with my seniors. Buckner's style is approachable. She offers practical advice from what she has already tried with her own students. I particularly liked her section on mentor texts to improve writing. She is dead-on suggesting st [...]

    17. This was a great professional book. In my language arts methods class we kept a writer's notebook over the course of the semester and I don't think it was explained very well so a lot of what people, including me, wrote in it was a big pile of crap and it had no purpose. This book talked about why a writer's notebook is necessary and why it works. It gives a lot of great and practical information about how to launch a writer's notebook - which I think is the hardest part to do for teachers and s [...]

    18. At first I thought, "Why did I order this???" I couldn't remember. And then I thought, "Do I really need to read another book about writers' notebooks?" But the book is very practical, and even if your students don't keep writers' notebooks in the same way this author has her students, there is still solid work with writing suggested and good strategies for what I consider some neglected aspects of the writing process. For instance, students get a topic and then (most of the time) teachers just [...]

    19. This practical and accessible book was such a great find for a 1st year ELA teacher such as myself.Although the author is primarily a 4th grade teacher, (who has taught 6th grade, as well), I found the majority of the ideas in the book to be readily adaptable for my 8th grade students.Keep in mind that this book is meant to be practical; the theory behind the practice is generally skimmed, but of course a complete bibliography is included in the end.I appreciate how practice-focused the scope of [...]

    20. If I could give more stars, I would. Aimee Buckner, a fourth grade teacher who also has taught sixth grade, knows her stuff. This seven chapter skinny book is simply dripping with easy to implement and practical writing tools for the middle grade writer's tool kit. I remembered some of her mini-lessons last year, but I'm literally kicking myself for not cracking her book out throughout the year to use all of them. Clear, concise, and teacher-friendly, Buckner's book is a must-have. Do you want y [...]

    21. A practical approach to keeping a writer's notebook as part of the curriculum and the classroom atmosphere. I have always thought about the benefits of the writer's notebook, which I feel is so great that it is worth the effort to implement in the classroom. Not only does it promote writing, but also promotes the idea that students should become life-long writers, making writing work for them. Buckner's book deals mostly with practical strategies: how to start notebooks, continue them, grade the [...]

    22. An excellent explanation of how writer's notebooks really work in the classroom. Her writing is highly anecdotal, which is helpful to someone like me who really needs to hear what the teacher said or what the kids said or how the lesson played out. The author writes about her 4th grade classroom, but the structure is absolutely applicable to middle and even high school. It underscored for me the reality that good ELA teaching looks much the same no matter what grade you are teaching. If you are [...]

    23. Worth readingfantastic launching & revision strategies! I also like her idea of starting in the front for daily writing & then going from the back to the front for strategies, etc. The only thing I want hear more about it is the possibility of combining the readers' and writers' notebooks. She only touched on a few strategy mini-lessons with reading & writing that overlap. However, I still need some more guidance on this. I need to keep it simple for my 5th graders, especially when i [...]

    24. Full disclosure- I'm reading this for a class because I felt a little insecure this year teaching writing. And I'm feeling refreshed and inspired after reading this! Although Buckner draws her examples from her fourth grade class, I was pleasantly surprised by how much still relates to my 8th graders. I love the emphasis on independence through strategies- teaching kids ways to prewrite, revise, and reflect so they can choose what works best- and the frequent use of mentor texts, even if her exa [...]

    25. If you are a teacher and are considering using notebooks/journals in your class, at any grade level, you should read this book. It's packed with strategies that can be used over and over (as opposed to writing prompts that can only be used once), and Buckner shows smart ways to work writing mini-lessons, revision and grammar into notebook activities. I wish my own teachers had gotten more bang for our buck with our journals; after all the writing, we never went back and reread, revised, or expan [...]

    26. This book has been sitting on my shelves for years. I FINALLY read it today cover-to-cover. It's ten years old and it might have been responsible for starting the writers' notebook craze that sweep through schools. I remember Shelley Harwayne making fun of writers' notebook at an NCTE conference. That's probably why I didn't read it. However, after reading it, I think Shelley was wrong. I am definitely going to have my undergrads keep writers' notebooks in the methods of teaching course and I wi [...]

    27. Good ideas, but the grammar strategies are more for elementary, not middle school. I agree with the fact that feedback and grades need to be given in notebooks. The author mentions that she has used the notebook rubric with middle school classes, but I can't imagine thoroughly grading 150 notebooks on a regular basis. I like the idea of a self-evaluation, which is also included and explained in the book.Great resource for using Writer's Notebooks. It's a short read, so it's a quick guide to what [...]

    28. I think this was a very good book - it gave me some good ideas for the use of the writer's notebook. I teach 8th grade English and the book uses examples from Ms. Buckner's 4th grade classroom. Many of her ideas, however, can be adapted for classrooms with older students.

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