Books for Parents and Educators

     Writers react. And writers need a place to record those reactions. – Ralph Fletcher

I still have not found another book that is better to introduce the concept of a Writer’s Notebook to kids than
A Writer’s Notebook by Ralph Fletcher . I love this book because it motivates students to write, write, write. This is a great resource for introducing upper elementary writers to what I feel is an invaluable writing tool, A Writer’s Notebook. After I read the first chapter the students are racing to create and begin their new lives as writers. They learn how to live a “Writerly Life”. As a matter of fact, they take off as writers and the improvement of their writing is remarkable. I read out loud, a chapter per day, and then I allow the writers’ time to write, try his suggestions from the chapter or previous chapters read, and apply his writing techniques. The kids begin carrying their notebooks everywhere, and writing.

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