From Unit Plan: Launching a Writer's Workshop

These books provide excellent examples of writing notebooks and personal writing. As the workshop continues through the year, you will, of course, need additional books targeted to the genre you are teaching.

Amelia's Notebook
by Marissa Moss

Amelia humorously portrays the trials and tribulations of being a young girl. She writes in her notebook about all types of things, from nail polish to family problems.

Classroom Tip: I love using this as an example of notebook writing because it is so funny and so real.

Max's Logbook
by Marissa Moss

At first, Max writes in his notebook about all the science inventions and experiments he tries. He then begins to write about family and friends and all the experiences in his life.

Classroom Tip: This excellent book demonstrates the wide range of possible topics for notebook writing. Use it when you begin your lesson on notebooks.

Max's Mystical Logbook
by Marissa Moss

Max and Omar are creating a project for a science fair. Max keeps a record of all the difficulties and challenges of this particular experiment.

Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street
by Roni Schotter

Eva sits on the stoop of her home with her notebook in hand. She watches as people go by and adventures occur. She records all of this in her notebook.

Classroom Tip: Use this book to show how simple observations of everyday life make great entries.

The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts, Age 11
by Amy Hest

In a series of journal entries and letters to a pen pal, Katie writes down her feelings about her family struggles.

Classroom Tip: I sometimes use this book as a read-aloud title. It is a little high of a reading level for the beginning of second grade, and the content is sometimes difficult to understand without discussion.