Writer's Notebook Requirements

Every entry should have the date and a letter (see below) as a label.

On a daily basis, during class: Use your notebook to record your thoughts, reactions, notes, observations and ideas generated while we are together. Please have your WN open by the time the bell rings every day.  We will often pause to reflect in writing, but you should not wait to be told to write.  Whether you record only a few sentences or an entire page, your notebook should reveal individual thought and processing of others’ ideas during each class.  Writing questions and recording connections to other reading, course work, or experiences is highly encouraged.  Leave room for adding additional comments, questions, or connections later.  

When assigned: Take meaningful notes and write reflections on assigned readings (textbook, articles, or independent reading books). Take time to write down examples of well-written sentences when you are impressed.  Also, write questions in preparation for class discussion.  (For note taking, Cornell Notes are encouraged.)

Once per check: Choose an article from a reputable non-fiction source on a topic of interest.  Read and mark the text.  Your written analysis should be in essay form, but please use SOAPSTone or one of the other sets of reading questions provided to guide your response. Write about 11-15 sentences.  Mere summary is not enough.  Leave room for adding questions, reflections, or connections. Above each new reflection, write a one-two sentence insight based on the previous article, pulling a piece of evidence (statistic, quotation, fact) or taking time to recall an important idea.  Write a one-sentence goal for the new article response.  

When applicable to a project we are working on:  Include pre-writing for essays.  You may also do vocabulary study in your notebook.  

Once per check: Write one full page (8 1/2 by 11) of writing you wish to do. This can include random reflections, poetry, essays, fiction, or rants. All content should be school appropriate.

Once per check:  Choose a wise saying, quotation, aphorism, or proverb.  Write it out twice.  Write a four-sentence reflection on the idea, or consider a philosophical question the quotation relates to and practice using the aphorism as an attention grabber or piece of evidence.