Writer’s notebooks can be powerful assets for any writing teacher. They provide a high-comfort, "hot-house" environment where students’ writing can flourish. This resource by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi provides a series of proven lessons that will help you introduce the writer’s notebook into your classroom, sustain it in your curriculum, and eventually guide students to transition from the privacy of the notebook to public, finished pieces of writing. Whether used as a stand-alone resource in your literacy block, or as an alternative launch cycle in your Teaching the Qualities of Writing (TQW) curriculum, Lessons for the Writer’s Notebook will inspire your students to pick up a pen and imagine the writing possibilities. Lessons for the Writer’s Notebook includes:
  • Lesson Cards: 20 ready-to-use lessons exemplar text graphic organizers
  • Author Chats CD: quick audio clips from Ralph explain how he uses his writer’s notebook
  • Teacher’s Guide Notebook’s philosophy planning charts teaching tips
  • Lessons for the Writer’s Notebook and Teaching the Qualities of Writing (TQW)
While Lessons for the Writers Notebook will support any writing curriculum, it is ideally suited to reinforce and extend Portalupi and Fletcher’s Teaching the Qualities of Writing (TQW). Mirroring the approach and three-part lesson structure of TQW’s ready-to-use lessons, the Lessons for the Writer’s Notebook offers an alternative launch cycle for introducing your TQW curriculum. Together, Notebook and TQW will improve the quality of your students’ writing while it develops your ability to read and assess their work

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