- Author: Aimee Buckner
- Year: 2006
- Grade Range: 3-8
- Media: 70 minutes, 1 disc + viewing guide
- ISBN: 978-157110-437-3
- Item No.: WEB-0437
Writer's notebooks allow students of all ages to brainstorm ideas, test strategies for crafting writing, and develop tools for drafting and revision. In this two-part series, Aimee Buckner—a fourth-grade teacher and author of Notebook Know-How
(Stenhouse, 2005)—takes viewers into her classroom as students use their writer's notebooks across the curriculum to hone skills and play with language.
The series features numerous mini-lessons that help students develop strategies for using their notebooks, including:
"Lifting a Line" to mine previous entries;
"Highlighting and Word Hunting: to document thinking;
"List and Star" to create writing topics;
"Daily Pages" to promote fluency;
"Questioning the World" to respond to reading;
"Anchor Charts" to foster a sense of audience;
"Point of View" to cultivate voice;
"Reread and Reflect" to encourage self-assessment.
The program also features a comprehensive look at using the notebooks in persuasive writing genre study, demonstrating how notebooks can be at the center of reading, writing, thinking, and talking about multiple perspectives.