In my last post I said I would talk about writing folders and notebooks. I wish I had pictures, but since I went out on maternity leave and missed the last few weeks of school, I left them all there :( So try to use your imagination!!
I bought 5 different colors of 3-pronged folders (a class set) and the same colors of folders without prongs, but were already hole punched. I turned the flat folder inside out, and then inserted it into the 3-pronged folder. I taped the flat folder together with duct tape, and labeled the sections blank paper, draft, ready to revise/edit, and final. The students wrote in their notebooks everyday (I'll show you that setup in a minute), and then we chose one to take thru the writing process to publish. In all honesty though, a regular 2 pocket folder would've been fine.
The notebook was a better idea. I got this idea from Pinterest, but it came to this blog Apples of Your Eye!
All of the writing teachers 3-5 decided we wanted to follow this setup. I liked how it had their writing ideas at the beginning for them to refer back to, and a table of contents to be able to find their writings. Surprisingly, they really kept that up! But now that I've used this setup for a year, I plan to make a few changes. For one, I think I will organize it by Narrative, Opinion and Informational. I will still have them put their writing notes in the notebook, but under the category that it refers to. I think it will help with their understanding better, and they can flip straight to that section and have everything about Narratives together. I will update once I get back into the classroom as to how well I think that is going!
What about you...how do you organize your writer's notebooks?