I have been reading the book on the left all day today. It is a really easy and quick read and even better, it gives great ideas. It is such an easy read, that I would almost recommend reading some of the stories in there to your classroom.
If you are implementing a writer’s notebook like I am this year, I think there are certain parts that would be awesome to read to your class because it just makes the notebook even more realistic. It shows how a real writer uses their writer’s notebook to come up with ideas and generate their personal writing into published pieces.
If you have this book, here are some of the things that would be good to read aloud:
- Chapter 2: Fierce Wonderings – The chapter talks about the word “bottomless” and how there are some questions that just don’t have answers and it gives examples from 4th and 5th graders by sharing their writing. It is just short pieces and it goes quickly. It gives them the idea that when asking questions, it’s okay not to always know the answer.
- Chapter 5: Mind Pictures – In this chapter, he is telling the reader that they should always be paying attention to the world around them, this is where they will get their ideas for writing from, by looking around and seeing their environment. It is a little long so I suggest picking and choosing what you want to read. I would go with the first couple of pages, they are the best.
- Chapter 6: Snatches of Talk – pages 60-66. – It tells about how the author was writing down what his 2 year old was saying and then would listen to people’s conversations in public places and write down the snatches of conversations that he heard and this is a great way to generate dialogue.
- Chapter 7: Lists – This is a good one because it gives some ideas of what students can write in their notebooks, if you wanted to create prompts based on this chapter, that would be ideal!
I have not finished the book yet, but I would really suggest buying this book.