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Writing Club Agenda October 17, 2011

Filed under: thoughts,wn entry,writers' notebook,writing activities,Writing Club — hey2blondie @ 9:16 pm

I’m so excited about my very first club meeting this Wednesday. Since we are only meeting once this month, I’ve decided to do Halloween themed writing. Here’s what I’ve come up with. We only have an hour so I hope we get to finish.

3:30 – Warm-up activity – “Monster” Exchange –  Each child designs a “monster” (no blood, violence, etc. of course) and writes a careful description. They keep this secret . Then they give their writing piece to a partner ( who hasn’t seen their drawing) and the partner tries to draw it from the description. You hang them up with the writing in the middle and with both illustrations on either side. The kids really get how critical descriptive detail is!

3:45-4:15 – Halloween sensory list and ghost story activity – I haven’t decided yet how I will go about the ghost story. I may find one and read it to them first. Then have them use their sensory list to create a ghost story. I am welcome to ideas.

4:15 – share time


Writing Club Interest Meeting October 7, 2011

Filed under: writers' notebook,Writing Club — hey2blondie @ 10:35 pm

This past Wednesday I had my Spilling Ink Writer’s Club interest meeting. 21 students signed up and 17 attended the meeting. I was thrilled. At the meeting I passed out permission forms and a quick interest survey. I wanted to see why they attended and the types of topics they wanted to write. We wrote as well. The students seemed to enjoy it.

What makes me the happiest is one of my struggling students signed up and attended the meeting. He wrote and shared. That just warmed my heart. I know this club will be beneficial to him in so many ways – socially, academically, and mentally.

Our next meeting is Oct. 19 and I can’t wait. My plans are to do Halloween themed writing. Any suggestions?


Slice of Life Begins! March 1, 2011

Filed under: slice of life writing,thoughts,writers' notebook — hey2blondie @ 2:53 pm

Today I presented to both my 6th and 7th grade classes the Slice of Life Story Challenge using a  power point presentation to help explain it. I got the idea from Stacey and Ruth’s blog.  Instead of writing our slices in class, we are going to write outside of class and use writer’s notebook time to share our slices. I think this will work best with my classes this year. My students are excited about this and I am too. I can’t wait to read their slices.

Below is the power point:

Slice of Life Story Challenge presentation


Slice of Life Story Challenge February 28, 2011

Filed under: slice of life writing,thoughts,wn entry,writers' notebook — hey2blondie @ 8:39 pm

Tomorrow I am introducing the slice of life story challenge. I made a sheet on what, why, and how solsc works. I even made a power point presentation with several of my examples on it. My hope is that my students will enjoy solsc as much as me. I am going to have them glue their sheet into their writer’s notebooks so that they have it to refer back to. I think I am going to have a pizza party for all of those students who write 31 entries to celebrate their slices. I did this in 2008 and it was a hit. I may even have a writing reward too.I can’t wait!



Rereading Update January 6, 2011

Filed under: ideas for writer's notebook,thoughts,wn entry,writers' notebook — hey2blondie @ 9:59 pm

Wednesday I had my students reread their writers’ notebooks. The students were eager to share their patterns of topics. My hope is that my students realize that there are golden nuggets buried in their notebooks. I will definitely have my students reread their notebooks more often so that they can evaluate themselves with their writing. Some students were amazed by how they wrote about the same thing. Some noticed that they wrote on completely random topics. It seemed that they really enjoyed reread their work. I  myself found ideas I had written about and had forgotten about.



Rereading January 4, 2011

Filed under: ideas for writer's notebook,thoughts,writers' notebook — hey2blondie @ 10:43 pm

Rereading is a strategy that I need to do more of. Just a few minutes ago I reread some of my posts from 2007. It’s good to know that I am still doing some of the things that I have posted and I also saw where I need to go back and post on things that haven’t worked or that I’ve improved. Rereading also helps me get my mind set and to see patterns of topics. I believe tomorrow’s writer’s notebook strategy will be rereading their notebook. I am going to set a timer for 5 minutes and have my students and myself reread. Before they start I will invite them to look for patterns or entries that they started, but never finished. After the 5 minutes are up, I will invite my students to write coming up with their own topic or territory. I hope that they will see an improvement with their writing and use this strategy more often. I myself need to reread more often.


Ode to Fall October 20, 2010

Filed under: Fall,poetry,teachers who write,thoughts,wn entry,writers' notebook,writing — hey2blondie @ 12:09 pm

www.treelink.org/woodnotes/vol6/no3/content.html (picture came from)


Ode to Fall

Your shades of brown

red, yellow, and orange

dance among the trees.

Your cool crisp air

awakens me

so that I may appreciate

you more.

You remind

me of God’s



that awaits –



Andi N.