What’s the difference between a writer’s notebook and a journal? I wonder this because I have been looking at writing workshop books and some say writer’s notebook and some say journal. I want to use a writer’s notebook in my class. I thought of many ways to incorporate them. One way is to have thoughts of the day and have my students write about one of the topics posted when they enter the room. Of course that wouldn’t be the only thing in their writer’s notebook-brainstorms, thoughts, lists, responses, etc. I read that one teacher would collect the notebooks and read their students’ thoughts on a weekly basis. I already do this with response logs. I could do an every other week thing. One week response logs the next week writer’s notebooks. I don’t want to burn out and I don’t want my students to burn out. Do you actually grade them or do you give them credit for just doing them?