Writer's Notebook

Writer's Notebook is an ongoing assignment, in which students are supposed to write in a self-directed manner, on topics of their own choice, either on paper, or in a dedicated Google classroom assignment. 

We have Writer's notebook time in class for 15 minutes twice a week, and my expectation is that students will generate about 1/2 page handwritten (100 words) during each writer's notebook time in class. Students are welcome to continue working on their writing at home, and they should plan on doing that, if they are note generating enough written work in class. Writer's notebook work is considered SBP, and writing in the notebook is checked every 3-4 weeks (for grading standards, see the rubric below).

Students should explore a range of topics in their writer's notebooks, including fiction, personal memories, descriptive and persuasive writing. Twice a year, students are expected to choose a Writing Project from the material that they are working on in their notebook.

The Writing Project should be a piece on a topic of the student's choice. It is very open-ended, and students may write in any genre and format they are interested in. The only requirement is that they be able to finish the project, and that they are willing to take the writing through several rounds of revision and editing, with the eventual expectation that they will submit the piece to an outside organization for publication.

Current Writing Project Deadlines:
  • Monday, Dec. 4: Rough Draft Due
  • Friday, Dec. 15: Second Draft Due
  • Friday, Jan. 5: Submission Deadline

Writer's Notebook Rubric

Criteria

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Volume



The notebook contains at least two entries per week, with more than ½ page handwritten or 100 words typed in each entry.

The notebook contains two entries per week, with an average of  ½ page handwritten or 100 words typed in each entry.

The notebook contains less than two entries per week, or significantly less than ½ page handwritten or 100 words typed in each entry.

The notebook has very few entries, or most entries have little or nothing written in them.


Variety



The notebook contains entries that explore a variety of topics, including multiple examples of:

  • Personal memories

  • Persuasive or informational writing

  • Fiction

The notebook contains entries that explore a variety of topics, including examples from at least two of the following:

  • Personal memories

  • Persuasive or informational writing

  • Fiction

The notebook contains entries on more than one topic, but only within one genre.

The notebook contains writing on only one topic.


Evidence of Thoughtfulness


The notebook entries include all the following:

  • Detailed writing

  • Personal voice

  • Sustained exploration of a topic over multiple entries.

  • Evidence of brainstorming, planning, and revision.

The notebook entries include some of the following:

  • Detailed writing

  • Personal voice

  • Sustained exploration of a topic over multiple entries.

  • Evidence of brainstorming, planning, and revision.

The notebook entries include some detailed writing, with little serious or extended exploration of any topic. There is no evidence of planning or revision.

There is very little evidence of attention to detail. Topics seem to be chosen at random, and are barely explored.


Use of Writing Resource Advice


The notebook includes specific instances (at least 1 every three weeks), in which you used a prompt, strategy, or technique from a writing resource text or website.

The notebook includes notes about specific techniques, prompts, or strategies from writing resources, and outlines plans of how you want to use these resources in your writing.

The notebook includes some notes about writing advice, prompts, or strategies from outside sources.

The notebook doesn’t include any notes about or reference to writing advice, prompts, or strategies from outside sources.



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