One of my quandries at the beginning of school was how to set up a notebook. Chapter 3 answered my multitude of questions with the explicit directions in establishing a writer's notebook. I have decided that it is not too late to incorporate this into my classroom. Any suggestions? How does the writer's notebook mesh with what you have established in your classrooms?
The "free write" is another strategy that I feel warrants implementation in my classroom. The use of literature to "kick-off" the thinking of mechanics, modeling an example, and then allowing the writing to "take" the students appears to be a valid activity in which to incorporate the teaching of mechanics in "real-world" situations. Chapter 4 extends this strategy by creating meaningful visuals for students to "see" the mechanics.
The 7th period teachers are implementing a "bullying" curriculum. Please try to support them, and try out the "free write" strategy, by planning a free write on bullying using information from their curriculum.