Dena and I spend our summers creating new resources to enhance our use of writer's notebooks and writer's workshop. Last year, we created our Writer's Notebook Monthly Bingo Cards. This year, we are ambitiously working on two new products: 1) Sacred Writing Time PowerPoint Inspirations and 2) Writer's Notebook/Workshop Menus.
|Our SWT Powerpoint slide for August 31|
|Our "Italian Menu" of Writing Ideas|
Our Bingo cards provide a lot of topics and interesting structures for Writer's Notebooks, but we wanted a new tool that would also help our students pre-write over multiple days in their notebooks on singular ideas for writer's workshop. We both believe that when pre-writing takes multiple days before a student begins a draft, the draft will be much better. Our new set of nine workshop/notebook menus provide both fun topics and structured suggestions for students who need to strengthen the thinking and lengthen the time spent developing an idea for a draft. Here is access to the Italian-themed menu; each menu will figuratively focus on food from a different culture.