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I Keep a Writer's Notebook alongside my Students. Do you?

I Keep a Writer's Notebook alongside my Students. Do you?
To my dear students and their wonderful parents, All students will maintain a writer's notebook for my class. Every day, we will write in it. Whether it's a composition book, a spiral notebook, or something leather-bound and fancier, when students enter my class, the first tool that finds their desktops is their writer's notebooks. I have baskets where students can safely store them after class, or they can choose to keep them with them, which many of my students do. The worst thing that can happen in my classroom is to lose one's writer's notebook, because that's where all of our thinking and pre-writing is stored, and to lose those thoughts and ideas will mean that student cannot truly participate when we work on our writing during our class workshops on writing. Right from the start each school year, we will establish an important routine in my Language Arts class. What they write about during those ten minutes of SWT is completely up to my students. At left is a "Mr.

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