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the English Notebook] [Writer's
Notebook] [Word Study] [FCAs] [6+1Traits
of Writing] [Student Handouts] [Teacher
Welcome to the
English Writer's Workshop. It is here that you will learn to
love the art of writing and painting many wonderful pictures using
words. Below are some of the important characteristics that
help to make our writer's workshop successful.
Organizing the English
Cover of the
fit your personality
Sections Inside the Binder
cover: Name, Homeroom number, and English
and put in the back of the 3-ring binder
(variety colored pens are optional)
(Ralph Fletcher & JoAnn Portalupi)
The Writer's Notebook is one of
the sections in the English 3-ring binder. This section is used to
collect ideas for writing, rough drafts, and editing practice.
This section is used nearly every day in the classroom.
Word study is another section in
the English notebook. Good writers
use many words. The more words you know the more interesting
your writing becomes. Word study consists of concepts such as spelling
vocabulary, and studying Greek and Latin root words. Students
practice using these words in their writer's notebook.
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important that students feel comfortable sharing what they write.
writers share good ideas and focus on areas of improvement. Examples
of focus correction areas (FCAs) are: narrowing ideas, organizing
paragraphs, and capitalization of proper nouns. Usually there
are three FCAs for each writing
assignment, however, when we work with rough drafts for major
writing projects, the FCAs may change with each revision.
6 + 1 Traits of
6 + 1 traits of good writing: ideas,
voice, organization, word choice, sentence fluency, and
presentation. Focusing on these traits when writing will help
students become better writers.