Thursday, May 31, 2018

Reflection on a Takeover

How is it possible that May has ended? Amy & I stumbled onto this idea of inviting my sixth-grade students to take over this space and boy did they rise to the challenge. They hustled to get these blog posts written and revised and edited. They did this in a month filled with state tests and end of year craziness. They did this as an invitation with no grade or points attached. They did this with joy and persistence and enthusiasm. Each post inspired me. Each word carefully was chosen. Each photograph picked, especially for the post. 

I learned things about my students that I didn't know before this #6thgradeblogtakeover. I learned how many of them didn't consider themselves writers before this year. I learned how they share an addiction to pens with me. I learned their passion for writing comes from the freedom to express themselves inside the pages of their notebooks. 

Each entry delighted me. Each comment brought me such joy. My students. My bloggers. My writers. My notebookers. They showed up. They wrote and they accomplished so much. This challenge reminded me to give them more opportunities for an authentic audience to read their writing. It showed me, once again, how vital that is to writers.

Notebookers unite. We notebook-ed all year and we are so grateful for the chance to share our notebooks with the world! Thank you to each and every reader who read our words, especially those readers who left comments. Comments feed writers! We are leaving this month changed and inspired. If we weren't writers before, we are certainly writers now. Let's do it again sometime!

Thank you again to these writers from Michelle Haseltine's sixth-grade classes, for taking over Sharing Our Notebooks this month.  What a delight! Please check in each Saturday morning in May to see who wins each week's notebook giveaway!

Please know that Sharing Our Notebooks welcomes all kinds of notebook keepers - of any age and interest - to open up their pages and share their process.  If you are interested in writing in this space, please contact me, Amy, directly.  I welcome you!

Please share a comment below if you wish.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Finding Beauty in the Pages of My Notebook


I love poetry and I totally forgot. What I mean by that is, last year we did poetry at the beginning of the year but, this unit is lasting longer than I expected. I really thought that I stunk at it, but when I tried harder I figured out that I can write it pretty decently.


I have enjoyed poetry so much recently that any time I hear or see something good I fall right in and I get stuck inside my happy place and decide to write a poem or two. Also, it's almost my birthday so if you want to check out my birthday blog post, visit my blog at Dreamers Blog. Thanks for reading my Blog Takeover!


Thank you again to these writers from Michelle Haseltine's sixth-grade classes, for taking over Sharing Our Notebooks this month.  What a delight! Please check in each Saturday morning in May to see who wins each week's notebook giveaway!

Please know that Sharing Our Notebooks welcomes all kinds of notebook keepers - of any age and interest - to open up their pages and share their process.  If you are interested in writing in this space, please contact me, Amy, directly.  I welcome you!

Please share a comment below if you wish.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Notebook Poetry

Hello, My name is Faith! In my notebook, I love writing poetry. I usually just think of random things that interest me and write a poem about it! Here’s one of my favorites:

PENS

Pens, pens
Wonderful pens.

You can draw lions-
Even their dens.

They can be
ANGRY

They can be
MAD

They can be
HAPPY,

But they can also be
Sad.

You can draw roosters,
You can draw hens

Pens, pens
Wonderful pens.

I hope you liked it! I always write poems that rhyme. It is so much easier for me than free verse. I am always stumped on what to write about, but when I am stumped I just look around the room or think of things that I like. In my notebook, I like making a list of the ideas that I would want to use one day if I am REALLY stumped. One day I had no idea what to write about, and I looked out the window and it was raining! I then created this poem:

RAIN
Rain, rain
Please go away.

Think of all the events that you delay.

You delay swim meets, baseball games, and cross country, too.

Rain, rain
I’m sorry, but no one likes you.


I’ve also written a poem about sunshine!

SUNSHINE

Bright as honey, warm and sunny
The sun shines down on a bunny.

It’s super yellow, like mac ‘n cheese
It makes people happy, especially me!

It smiles down it’s toothy grin
People frolic and dance and spin
The air is warm, and smiles are big
It makes me want to dance a jig!

It’s super fun to play outside
And all the rain on the ground is dried

But when the clouds come rolling in,
I’ll wait for sunshine to come again.

When I’m rhyming, I go through the alphabet and say each word with the letters of the alphabet. I like writing down the alphabet in my notebook, then go through each letter of the it and write down each possible combination for the word I am trying to rhyme with. It looks like this:
Then, I underline (or highlight) The real words or the words that could relate with the poem. Here it is:

Lastly, I love using pens! No matter if it is my rough rough draft or my final final draft, I always love to use pens. In the pages of my notebook, I like to make them as colorful and as lively as possible. Having a ‘testing page’ for pens is awesome because I can test out pens that I’m curious about. I like doing this especially if I get new pens! Here’s another example:

I hope you learned some notebooking tips that incorporate poetry! If you want some more of Faith, follow my blog at Sharpies, Pens, And Everything Else! Thank you for reading!

    -Faith:)


BIOGRAPHY:
My name is Faith! I love writing poetry, playing softball, and doing calligraphy(I would also say I’m pretty good at it). I also love spending time with my family and playing with my guinea pig, Thor. Check out my blog at Sharpies, Pens, And Everything Else!
Thank you again to these writers from Michelle Haseltine's sixth-grade classes, for taking over Sharing Our Notebooks this month.  What a delight! Please check in each Saturday morning in May to see who wins each week's notebook giveaway!

Please know that Sharing Our Notebooks welcomes all kinds of notebook keepers - of any age and interest - to open up their pages and share their process.  If you are interested in writing in this space, please contact me, Amy, directly.  I welcome you!

Please share a comment below if you wish.

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Most Important and Essential Writing Tools

Every writer needs notebooks and every notebook needs… pens! Notebooks aren’t complete without pens.

There are flair pens.


There are gel pens.

There are brush pens.

There are sharpies.

There are crayola markers.


And then there are just regular pens.

Pens add color to our notebooks. Without pens I wouldn’t enjoy writing in my notebook. I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed writing at all if there were no pens.Your thoughts, words, and expressions all come on the notebook through pens.  Happy and sad, exciting and boring, pens are always with you.

Hi, I am Pen Lover. I am in Ms. Haseltine’s sixth grade English class. Writing is something I love to do, I really can’t do a day without writing. Writing helps me think and express myself.  Other than writing I like to play with my dog, play piano, and dance. If you can’t tell with my name and this blog post, I LOVE pens! I also have a blog called A Journey as a Writer, please make sure to check my blog out.


Thank you again to these writers from Michelle Haseltine's sixth-grade classes, for taking over Sharing Our Notebooks this month.  What a delight! Please check in each Saturday morning in May to see who wins each week's notebook giveaway!

Please know that Sharing Our Notebooks welcomes all kinds of notebook keepers - of any age and interest - to open up their pages and share their process.  If you are interested in writing in this space, please contact me, Amy, directly.  I welcome you!

Please share a comment below if you wish.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Express Yourself

At first, before I started notebooking, writing was not something I really enjoyed, and I couldn’t even call it a hobby. When I came into sixth grade English, my love for writing grew tenfold as I got to “know” it better.



Ever since I started keeping a notebook, I always tried to customize it, to make it reflect my personality. I decorated the covers, used my favorite colors, and added tons of drawings. I wanted my notebook to express me, but also be unique. How do you express yourself with your notebook?

Something else that got me thinking about my notebook was a post that one of my fellow classmates had written on May 10th. He said that he had named his notebook and I thought, Well, my current notebook already has eyes, so what if I were to name mine? Do you have any ideas for what I should call it? I would love some suggestions!


Hi! I’m AAA and I am a student in Ms. Haseltine’s sixth grade class. I love to create art, read, and of course, write. When I’m not doing any of those things, I enjoy hanging out with my friends. You can find more of my writing in my blog, The Reader Life.


Thank you again to these writers from Michelle Haseltine's sixth-grade classes, for taking over Sharing Our Notebooks this month.  What a delight! Please check in each Saturday morning in May to see who wins each week's notebook giveaway!

Please know that Sharing Our Notebooks welcomes all kinds of notebook keepers - of any age and interest - to open up their pages and share their process.  If you are interested in writing in this space, please contact me, Amy, directly.  I welcome you!

Please share a comment below if you wish.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

How Writing has Changed Me

Hi! I’m MK. I will be blogging today,May 26. Which “ironically” is my favorite number. Anyway, I usually wasn’t too thrilled in elementary  school to do writing. We always had a set topic- a moment in time. I literally started running out of ideas! You only have so many small moments in life.

When we got out very own notebook  this year, I started getting more and more ideas because of all the writing freedom we have. I love showing up to the fresh pages in my notebook and filling them with words. If you plan to be starting a writing notebook, or currently do, then I suggest doing a quote of the day if you don’t already. Starting a notebook does not mean having to write a lot. Just do a little everyday and you will start finding more and more to write about. Thank you for coming to the blog today!! If you want to take a look at my blog, you can find me at http://blogs.lcps.org/bam18marykateaa3/!







Thank you again to these writers from Michelle Haseltine's sixth-grade classes, for taking over Sharing Our Notebooks this month.  What a delight! Please check in each Saturday morning in May to see who wins each week's notebook giveaway!

Please know that Sharing Our Notebooks welcomes all kinds of notebook keepers - of any age and interest - to open up their pages and share their process.  If you are interested in writing in this space, please contact me, Amy, directly.  I welcome you!

Please share a comment below if you wish.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Sight

Well hello, there dear mystic dreamer. As you know, our class is taking over the Sharing Our Notebooks blog and I’m here to share a story idea that has some magic and fantasy to lighten up your day. So, just a little while ago, I had thought of a new story and now I want to share my idea with you! I have temporarily named my story Sight. Here’s a small preview of the story. Enjoy!

It was this moment, the moment when Crysta knew that her life would be changed, forever…


It was six days before the end of summer break, and Crysta, a young middle school girl had just moved to Evermist Creek, the strangest town that she had ever seen in her entire life! Especially the first day at Crysta’s middle school, the day she discovered her special power, her sight. Soon after, she meets a group of friends just like her. Turns out they have been waiting for her this whole time to tell her about a man called Nightmare, who is trying to capture this magnificent power for himself to use against the humans of Earth. To save her planet, Crysta must hide and use her powers along with her friends to save her people and the world, but with all the dangerous encounters, the group knew that this quest wasn’t going to be easy. Will they be successful and live in peace for eternity? Or will this be the world’s end?

Hi! I’m Mystic. I come from the world of my imagination! I have my own school blog called Journey of The Fantasy Writer!

Thank you again to these writers from Michelle Haseltine's sixth-grade classes, for taking over Sharing Our Notebooks this month.  What a delight! Please check in each Saturday morning in May to see who wins each week's notebook giveaway!

Please know that Sharing Our Notebooks welcomes all kinds of notebook keepers - of any age and interest - to open up their pages and share their process.  If you are interested in writing in this space, please contact me, Amy, directly.  I welcome you!

Please share a comment below if you wish.