Thursday, April 19, 2018

Announcing - A Blog Takeover!

I could not be happier to announce something new!

Beginning May 1, 2018, the sixth grade writers in Michelle Haseltine's sixth grade English classes of Brambleton Middle School in Loundon County, Virginia, will take over this space at Sharing Our Notebooks.

As I have been writing lots of poetry and visiting many schools lately, I have not been spending time here at Sharing Our Notebooks.  But I love Sharing Our Notebooks and so wish to keep it alive. "How can I do this?" I wondered.  "Who knows a lot about notebooks? Who could help me reinvigorate this space?"

I knew right away.  So right away, I wrote a letter to Michelle Haseltine and to her students.
My Letter to Michelle Haseltine's Sixth Graders

And happy day!  These young writers said yes! So now, all of us have a beautiful notebooking month to of May to anticipate.  We will be treated to notebook pages, book suggestions, tips for notebooking, and process stories.  These writers will give us a sneak peek into their notebooks, their minds, and we will come away understanding their thinking as well as understanding more ways to deepen our own lives through notebooking.

Here is a Twitter announcement from Arshia!

Twitter Announcement

To celebrate this fun, I will offer a giveaway each Tuesday of May. Students will choose these giveaway notebooks or books, and you will have a chance to win by commenting on Tuesday posts.  More about this to come.

If you have questions or hopes for this series, stay tuned as we will be soon setting up a way for you to make requests of these young notebookers.  Though I know they are ready to go, it is always good to know what interests an audience.

Planning, Planning

Welcome to classes 3/4A and 5/6A.  We cannot wait to learn from you!


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 come June, please contact me, Amy, directly.  I welcome you!

Please share a comment below if you wish.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Dina Bolan: A Think Tank of Ideas

Class Notebooks!

Writers notebooks have been a part of my writing teaching in every classroom, at every grade I’ve taught. However, my eyes were completely opened when Amy came to do an author visit at our school. She showed her many notebooks and modeled the type of writing that these writers notebooks should really be meant for. And so began the work of shifting my mindset about not only how I taught using the notebook, but also how I used it myself.

Our fiction unit flowed beautifully. Students used their notebooks as a place to imagine, dream, try out new things, play with words. We had an ongoing, seemingly endless list of ideas for fiction notebook entries. It was a beautiful thing.

Once we began our nonfiction unit, that flow of ideas for notebooking stopped. Even I had a hard time coming up with ideas for my notebook. We searched for resources and ideas on the internet, but nothing was better than when we finally sat as a class “think tank” and made a list of our own ideas!

This is what we came up with:

Class Think Tank Chart

The handwriting may be difficult to read, so here is our list: 

  • Write about something cool you just learned
  • Compare 2 things
  • Write about something that interests you and you think others will like to learn!
  • Animals 
  • Write about something you learned in a book
  • Draw a map and write about it
  • Take someone on a tour of a place you know well
  • Write about someone or something that inspires you!
  • Write a review about your favorite book
  • Write like you are in an animal’s natural habitat
  • Collect data and make a graph or chart
  • Sketch someplace you’ve been and write a lot about it
  • Write a how-to!
  • Write a poem about something you know a lot about, then write long!

Look what happened when we tried out this writing strategy...Write a poem about something you know a lot about, then write long!

by Jannat

by Owen

by Isabel

by Grey

This was an amazing experience in mixing poetry with nonfiction.  Try it!

Dina Bolan is a third grade teacher at Alexander Hamilton Elementary School in Glen Rock, New Jersey. Dina attended Teachers College, Columbia University where her love for reading and writing bloomed. She enjoys learning from other teachers and teacher leaders about ways to grow passionate writers! You can connect with Dina on Twitter @mrsbolansclass.

With gratitude to Dina Bolan and her students for sharing here, I will send a beautiful mystery notebook to a commenter on today's post.  Please comment by Thursday, February 8 at midnight to be included in the drawing...and please remember to leave a way to contact you should you win.

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.  At the present time, I am accepting all notebook entries and am especially hoping to receive some entries from boys and men who keep any kind of notebooks.  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, October 27, 2017

I Have Lived: Julie Patterson

Notebook as Collection Bin, Inspiration

I collect ideas for stories, essays, and poems in my notebooks in much the same way that young kids stash curiosities and beautiful (to the beholder) objects in their pockets. Entries are like snapshots of moments I don't want to forget—perhaps literally images but also dialogue, questions, observations, character sketches.

There's no intentional organization in my notebooks, though you can sometimes see common threads in entries. For example, you might see a lot of dialogue from children in a date range that corresponds to work on stories with kids as main characters:


I found the below 1910 postcard in an antique store and couldn't stop daydreaming about what it meant: Dear Father, I am very anxious to locate you and mother. Please write at once if you get this. I am not sure about the address. Your loving daughter. A daughter anxious to locate her parents, her father a Reverend...why are they separated and the parents' whereabouts unknown? 


I thumb through my notebooks for story starters when I feel I have nothing to write about, or want a break from an oppressive work-in-progress, or just want to remember why I write. I have plenty of short entries that have never been developed into anything more, and many that probably never will. The point of the notebook, for me, isn’t only to gather material but also to live a mindful life and simply notice things. My notebook is evidence that I have lived and thought about things. Notebook as Incubator
Stories and essays cook inside my notebooks, too. I brainstorm, recall memories, attempt to answer questions. I create early drafts, dig deeper into topics after I get feedback from peers, and experiment with revisions.

I created the story board below after I'd written several times in my notebooks about playing baseball with my brother and sister as kids. My earlier entries were mostly fast writes about my memories of these frequent games, not a specific time/event but a conglomeration of dozens of them. I knew that I'd need to write a more specific scene if I wanted to include this material in my memoir, so I borrowed a strategy I learned from a screenwriter friend. I imagined what an audience might see if watching our typical game on screen. This helped me distill what was important in all those memories into a single scene. 

Often my prep for teaching leads to an Aha! moment in my writing. Planning for a typical show-don't-tell lesson for a class, I decided to revise a story about the first time after my brother died that a stranger asked me how many brothers and sisters I had. I didn't know how to answer at the time, and a flood of emotions came rolling in, even as I tried desperately to hide them. I knew from peer feedback that readers were struggling to understand what I felt, but I didn't want to just tell them. So I brainstormed all the sights, sounds, and smells of a hair salon, then identified a handful that were unpleasant and layered them into my story so readers now feel the mild discomforts escalating to real pain as they re-experience that moment with me.

Notebook as Friend, Cheerleader Writing is sometimes emotionally draining for me. So I try to incorporate positive feedback from others into my notebooks whenever possible—love letters to my writerly self, in a sense.

Everyone in my writing group wrote a few words privately to me as part of their facilitated response to a large piece of writing I shared. These are good to re-read when I feel discouraged.

Try It:
Spend two weeks gathering ideas in your notebook by paying close attention to your daily life. Listen for funny or interesting lines of dialogue, record the questions that pop to mind, or note the images you don't want to forget. Then, set a "story board appointment" for a few weeks later—I mean literally write it on your calendar so you remember and set aside the time to do it. On that day, thumb through your notebook and find something to story board. It can be something you noticed during your two weeks or something else, even something from a very old notebook.

Julie Patterson is an adjunct professor of English at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and writer-in-residence for the Indiana Partnership for Young Writers. Visit her at her website or on Twitter at @julie_patter. 

Julie has generously offered to give away a copy of one of her favorite anthologies of student writing - LISTENING STILL - published by the Indiana Partnership for Young Writers. LISTENING STILL is the sixth anthology of writing by students in grades K-8 collected by the Indiana Partnership for Young Writers and co-edited by Julie Patterson. The book showcases work in a variety of genres, including many texts where authors intentionally break conventions to challenge assumptions about what's normal, right, or good. Each chapter features complementary artwork by Michele Wood, Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator of I SEE THE RHYTHM. Please comment by January 1 to be entered into this 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.  At the present time, I am accepting all notebook entries and am especially hoping to receive some entries from boys and men who keep any kind of notebooks.  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, September 11, 2017

Caroline Starr Rose: An On-Going Private Conversation

Notebook Tabs
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Oh, notebook mine,
the place I gather records, thoughts
before I know the way a story winds,
unsure whether or not
I’ll need what I’ve written down,
or if the scribbling of a word will be mere passing fact,
a jot to teach, inform me of the world I’m learning,
a collection of phrases to ground
me in the things I sorely lack,
to multiply my yearning.


You are a place of lists,
dates, maps, quotes, sometimes a sketch,
this novelist’s definition of bliss,
my source when I long to catch
a whiff of history, a summer berry’s hue,
a sense of place, the voice of one long dead,
the temperature when kerosene solidifies –
truths I can bend and shift, make new,
and like a ball of dough transform to bread
with heat and time. You stoke the fire in my mind’s eye.


You are a testament to months of labor,
a tribute to half-formed thoughts and starts,
a vestibule which leads to something greater,
the fresh firsts of a future art,
a net that gathers every object nearer,
sifts and filters, groups and sorts,
until like seeds that push to germination,
truth and story blend, grow clearer:
dear notebook, you help me bring forth
a story to its liberation.


I write historical fiction, so the idea of keeping a notebook to gather my research and questions about a new project isn’t a new one. But over the years my notebooks have expanded into something other than just a collection of historical tidbits. They’ve become an on-going private conversation where I can noncommittally explore the fragile beginnings of a new idea or work out troublesome knots once the story’s under way.

In other words, my notebooks are teaching me the importance of writing about the writing.

My novel JASPER AND THE RIDDLE OF RILEY'S MINE didn’t yet exist when it sold as part of a two-book deal. For a few weeks I was thrilled with my good fortune, but then panic settled in. I pulled out my notebook and scribbled down my worries: I’m not very good at plotting and have never created with a deadline. There’s pressure knowing I’ve sold something I haven’t even begun.

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Then I made myself try and answer these worries, to the best of my ability. Plot comes, I wrote. It can be discovered in character development and drafting. My agent and editor believe I can do this. If I can’t see this in myself right now, I can borrow their belief. I returned to this page in my notebook throughout the drafting process any time I needed a little courage.

The word “writing” is sometimes a heavy load for me to carry. My mind fills with word counts and productivity — the opposite of how my projects often progress. I’ve allowed myself to replace “writing” with terms that don’t hold so many expectations. Now I explore. Create. Discover. Tinker. Wonder. Practice.

This might mean figuring out what’s working with a premise and what isn’t. Or creating a list of historical details I need to further study. Some days it includes questions I have about a story’s timeline and plot or notes on characters — their secrets, their fears, the stories they tell themselves to make sense of the world — and their relationships with others. My notebook becomes a running commentary, an in-the-moment chance to reflect.

Notebook Sluice
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Photograph of Washerwoman & Notes
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In going back over my notes, I witness a book slowly taking shape. Each page records challenges that I eventually find my way through. Writing about the writing becomes a promise that someday my book will come together. Though it might be hard to believe in the moment, I hold the proof my story has made it this far, that it will reach the end.

Notebook Tip: My notebooks aren't usually organized in any way, so finding things can be tricky. One easy solution is to make sticky-note tabs to label key topics. I use the same color and placement for the same topic throughout the notebook (for example: If I have three separate pages on setting, I'll use a green tab for each and make sure all three tabs line up together. That way, everything is easy to find). This lets me go with the flow while working in my notebook and allows for simple organization at a later date.

Caroline Starr Rose is an award-winning middle grade and picture book author whose books have been ALA-ALSC Notable, Junior Library Guild, ABA New Voices, Kids’ Indie Next, Amazon’s Best Books of the Month for Kids, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. In addition, her books have been nominated for almost two dozen state awards lists. In 2012 Caroline was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start Author for her debut novel, MAY B. Visit her at

Caroline has generously offered to give away one copy of JASPER AND THE RIDDLE OF RILEY'S MINE - to a reader of this post.  Please leave a comment (and a way to contact you should you win) by Sunday, October 28 to be entered into this random drawing.  

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.  At the present time, I am accepting all notebook entries and am especially hoping to receive some entries from boys and men who keep any kind of notebooks.  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, August 5, 2017

Jessica Fries-Gaither - Keep a Scientist Notebook

Very Exciting News Connected to This Post:

NOTABLE NOTEBOOKS: SCIENTISTS AND THEIR WRITINGS is one of two books from NSTA Press that have been selected to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) later this summer to be part of the space station’s Story Time from Space(STFS) program, a project supported by the Global Space Education Foundation and CASIS that aims to foster literacy and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning.

The books—published by NSTA Kids, a division of NSTA Press—are among a small bundle of STEM-themed children’s books that will be packed aboard SpaceX-12, a cargo resupply mission to ISS, currently scheduled to launch in August. Once aboard the space station, astronauts will record videos of themselves reading the stories. The resulting videos will be available for viewing later this fall.

For updates on the launch of SpaceX-12, visit

What makes a notebook special?
It’s a place to think and dream,
to write down thoughts and questions
about all that you have seen.


When you think of a scientist at work, you probably think about tools she might use: test tubes, a microscope, or even a telescope. But there’s one tool that every scientist uses, no matter what topic she’s studying: a notebook.

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Marie Curie’s Notebook, Wellcome Library, London [CC BY 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Scientists use notebooks to jot down questions, sketch observations, plan experiments, collect data, and write about what they’ve discovered. You can read about famous scientists throughout history and how they used notebooks in my children’s book, NOTABLE NOTEBOOKS: SCIENTISTS AND THEIR WRITINGS (NSTA Press, 2016). One of my favorite scientists from this book is Beatrix Potter. Most people think of her as an author and illustrator, but she was also an important mycologist (a scientist who studies fungi). Learn more about her and others by reading the book!

In my science classroom at Columbus School for Girls, my elementary students use notebooks every single day to draw, write, and think. Their notebooks are a safe place for them to try out new ideas and make sense of what they are studying. Some of my girls even take their notebooks out to recess to sketch the interesting things they discover on the playground.

We organize our notebooks in several different ways. First, we number all the pages and add a blank table of contents in the front. Every time we start a new lesson, we add a header to the top of the page and record it in the table of contents. It makes finding your place much easier. We also hot glue a ribbon on the inside of the back cover to use as a bookmark. Finally, we add tabs to divide our notebook into separate sections for each unit.

By the end of the year, the notebooks really tell the story of all the science learning that has happened, and my girls love to look back and see how much they’ve learned and grown. (They also often are amused by how much neater their handwriting is by the end of the year!)

While notebooks are great in science class, you can make your own at home, too. Summer is a great time to keep a science notebook! Here are two things to try:

1) Start a nature journal to take along on all your outdoor adventures. Find interesting things – rocks, insects, trees, flowers – and use your notebook to record your observations. I like to divide my page into four boxes. In one box, I write the location, date, and name of whatever I’m observing. In the second box, I describe it in words. The third box is for a sketch, and the fourth box is for a magnified, or close up, sketch. 

2) If you plant or a garden, start a garden notebook. Record what kinds of seeds you planted and when. Take notes on how each type of plant is going and maybe sketch its progress. Record the weather conditions, too. You might even glue in seed packets and take photographs to add to your notebook.

Every time you write in your notebook, you are collecting data – just like a real scientist! Happy exploring!

Jessica Fries-Gaither is the Lower School Science Specialist at Columbus School for Girls in Columbus, OH and the author of several books, including Notable Notebooks: Scientists and Their Writings (NSTA Press, 2016). She loves all things science, reading, and writing. You can connect with Jessica on her Facebook page, on Twitter at @ElemSciTchr, or by email at She is currently developing a personal web site, so stay tuned!

NSTA has generously offered to give away one copy of NOTABLE NOTEBOOKS: SCIENTISTS AND THEIR WRITINGS- for a reader of this post.  Please leave a comment (and a way to contact you should you win) by Friday, September 1 to be entered into this random drawing.  

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.  At the present time, I am accepting all notebook entries and am especially hoping to receive some entries from boys and men who keep any kind of notebooks.  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.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Two Happy Winners of Linda Rief Books!

Inside the Writer's-Reader's Notebook pack

Congratulations to Sarah Addison, winner of Linda Rief's INSIDE THE READER'S WRITER'S NOTEBOOK!  Please drop me a line at amy at amylv dot com with your snail mail address, and I will kindly send your book to you.

Read Write Teach

And congratulations to Janice Hamilton, winner of Linda Rief's READ, WRITE, TEACH!  Please drop me a line as well!

Much gratitude to Linda for opening up his fabulous notebooks for all of us.  If you have not read her post yet, please don't miss it.  You can find it HERE.  And thank you to Heinemann, for this generous giveaway.

Tomorrow, I am excited to welcome  Jessica Fries-Gaither, author of NOTABLE NOTEBOOKS: SCIENTISTS AND THEIR WRITINGS...a book that will soon go up in SPACE!

Know that Sharing Our Notebooks is full of blog posts and writing ideas....have fun poking around and trying new things.  And if you keep a notebook or know someone who does, I am always interested in featuring all kinds of notebook keepers. All are welcome - just let me know.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Linda Rief: Keeping a Notebook Makes Me Pay Attention

Notebook Shelf

Don Murray used to carry around laminated cards about the size of a bookmark, that said, “Nulla Dies Sine Linea—Never a Day Without a Line.” He gave them to anyone and everyone who asked him about writing. It was his mantra—and the most important advice he gave to all of us, the reminder to put our thinking down every day, or it would slip away.

Every day Don wrote in his daybook. “The most valuable writing tool I have is my daybook… All the writing in the daybook is a form of talking to myself, a way of thinking on paper….The daybook stimulates my thinking, helps me make use of those small fragments of time that on many days is all the time I have to write. There is no sign of struggle. I’m not fighting writing. I’m playing with writing. …The daybook also keeps my writing muscles in condition; it lets me know what I’m concerned with making into writing; it increases my productivity….(it’s a place) where you can do all the bad writing and bad thinking that are essential for those moments of insight that produce good writing.”

Influenced by Don, I keep a Writer-Reader Notebook. I have more than 25 years worth now, and I can trace every piece of writing I have ever done either personally or professionally, to these notebooks. I admit that I don’t write in my notebook every day —and I realize so many things I wanted to remember are gone. Still, what I have, gives me a lot from which to work and with which to play.

Every note I have ever taken at a workshop or conference, every passage I have wanted to remember from books I am reading, and all the pictures, sketches, and random notes I just didn’t want to forget, reside in these notebooks. The notebooks hold the nuggets of ideas I have saved that help me remember my thinking. In most instances I have no idea where or when I will use some of this writing, some of these sketches, or some of these professional notes, but they are there waiting patiently for the right moment—the moment when I need them.

I have moved from lined spiral-bound notebooks to large bound notebooks with blank pages. These work best for me—inviting sketching and leaving me room to set up the page in any way I choose. 

My students are prominent in my notebooks. My grandchildren have crawled, toddled and walked their way in also.

As we were watching the Anne Frank movie in class, I was sitting behind my students, watching how reverent and shocked they were throughout this movie. 

Sketch of Students
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On my oldest grandson’s graduation from high school I found pictures of him picking apples at our house, wanting to remember those little hands that have now become those of a young man. 

Photos of Hunter
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I have been teaching myself drawing—practicing what I read in journaling and sketching books. What have I learned, just like writing—practice, practice, practice--the more I sketch, the better it becomes. Sometimes the sketches lead to writing. Other times they simply allow me to slow down, take a breath.

I sketched Rye Ledges on a marine biology field trip with our students after several years of trying to get rocks looking like rocks. 

Postcard of Rocks
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Sketch of Rye Ledges
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As I was working at my computer one day I watched a squirrel at our bird feeder, grabbed my notebook, sketched and wrote. 

Bird Feeder

I ask students to sketch their thinking as readers and do it myself when the book creates images in my head. As I was reading The Great Gatsby I wrote out my frustration. 

Joy Sketch
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Reading A Separate Peace, there were so many passages I wanted to capture that I thought they had to be written on that tree I kept imagining. 

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And as we were reading and discussing “Nothing Gold Can Stay” from The Outsiders I kept thinking about how quickly the years go by and put together my thinking with images and writing from being a grandchild to watching my grandchildren. 

Circle of Life
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Painting & Reflection
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When I go to conferences and workshops I take notes in this notebook. Sketch notes from a workshop with Kylene Beers and Bob Probst last December in Maine. 

Workshop Sketch Notes
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Penny Kittle and I gave a presentation at the New England Reading Association. She asked us to draw our hands after showing Sarah Kay on YouTube saying her poem “Hands.” This has stimulated lots of stories for me, some of which have become longer pieces. 

Sketch Notes, Hand
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And what are the last two pages in my current notebook? An article cut from the newspaper pasted into my notebook with notes from Anthony Doerr after hearing him speak at the Portsmouth Music Hall, written in April. The cover of the latest book from one of my former students, Abby Carroll, and notes from her reading. Then nothing—until two emails from today that I did not want to forget. Jotted down—and dated. So much to remember.

Anthony Doerr Notes
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Book Cover, Notes, E-Mails
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One of the greatest pleasures of keeping a Writing-Reading Notebook, and asking students to keep one also, comes from hearing from one of them every now and then. Four years after having Lil in 8th grade, and having heard nothing from her for four years, I received this email:

Wednesday, January 17   9:51 PM

“Mrs. Rief,  I counted my journals tonight. I have written 21 since eighth grade. Thank you!”  Sincerely, Lil”

Keeping a notebook makes me pay attention to the world. It slows me down. It lets me breathe. It makes me a deeper listener, a stronger observer. It lets me think. It captures what I want to remember. It gives me a place to think, and think again.

Here's something to try.  Watch “Hands” by Sarah Kay on YouTube. Then, read the text of "Hands." Ask the students (I would suggest 8th grade and higher) to find a line they like and write off that line for several minutes. At another time they could trace their hand, as I have done and put some dash facts on each finger that remind them of a story that has to do with hands, as I did. They can go back to any of these pieces and extend the quick write to a more developed piece. This summer, carry your notebook with you. Sit in front of a painting at a museum and sketch it. Take it to the beach, sit by the lake or ocean and sketch what you see, write what you are thinking.

Linda Rief is the author or coeditor of five Heinemann titles, including Inside the Writer's-Reader's Notebook, The Writer's-Reader's Notebook, Adolescent Literacy, Vision and Voice, and Seeking Diversity , as well as the author of 100 Quickwrites. She is an eighth-grade teacher at Oyster River Middle School in Durham, New Hampshire, and an instructor in the University of New Hampshire's Summer Literacy Institute. She is also a national and international consultant on issues of adolescent literacy. In 2000 she was the recipient of NCTE's Edwin A. Hoey Award for Outstanding Middle School Educator in the English/Language Arts. Her classroom was featured in the series Making Meaning in Literature produced by Maryland Public Television for Annenberg/CPB. 

Linda and Heinemann are generously offering 2 giveaway books, so we will have two winning commenters on this post. Please leave your comment by Thursday, July 29, 2017 to be entered into a drawing for one of two of Linda's books: Inside the Reader's Writer's Notebooks or Read, Write, Teach.  I will announce the winners in this space on Friday, July 30, 2017 as well as on Twitter and at The Poem Farm Facebook page.

Inside the Writer's-Reader's Notebook pack

Read Write Teach

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.  At the present time, I am accepting all notebook entries and am especially hoping to receive some entries from boys and men who keep any kind of notebooks.  If you are interested in writing in this space, please contact me, Amy, directly.  I took a little break from this blog to write Poems Are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres (Heinemann, Fall 2017)...but I'm back and welcome you!

Please share a comment below if you wish.