As part of WritingFix's "Year of Writer's Notebooks," all our monthly lessons and monthly prompts have come with Writer's Notebook suggestions and models.
Not surprisingly, as the year comes to a close, I am having a little more trouble than usual finding teachers who have time to create the notebook pages that we've been featuring. And so...I resigned myself this weekend to create two notebook pages in my own notebook for May's upcoming lesson and prompt.
A Day as you Shoes--and he let us post it at WritingFix. The prompt has students personify their shoes, then tell their shoes' daily story using voice. I created a writer's notebook page for this lesson this weekend, asking myself the question, "What funny comic strip might I create about the life of my personified favorite pair of shoes?" I added to Brian's lesson the idea that several days before writing the shoe perspective story, they should create this type of four-paneled comic strip as a way of pre-writing for the bigger assignment to come. Now, I am no artist; but I think I did a competent job with this notebook page. Click here to see a full-sized page version of my new notebook page. You don't have to be an artist to create a comic strip that might inspire future writing!
I started this year with no writer's notebook of my own. I am ending this year with a 40-page writer's notebook model that I can share with my students. I know--without a doubt--I will inspire better writer's notebooks from my students next year--thanks to the fact that I have one I can show them. Teacher models take time, but they are worth their weight in gold!