I’m not sure how we made it to August already! I must admit Mom was right… The older you get, the faster time flies.
I read a rather eclectic selection of books this week.
First, I completed Lisette’s List. The final verdict? Pick up the book and read it for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
I briefly skimmed two books on writing that I needed to return to the library. Both were written by Ralph Fletcher and geared toward elementary writing teachers. One in particular, however, pertained to my personal interest in starting a Writer’s Notebook. (more details below).
Using his grandfather’s travel journal, Arlo goes in search of the Iron Lady. Each page of the book corresponds to a page from the journal and takes Arlo throughout the city to visit such popular landmarks as the Louvre, Sacre Coeur, and Luxembourg Gardens.
It is a delightful picture book that I may have to add to my personal collection.
I took a little detour from my typical writing this week.
As I mentioned above, I decided to do some research on maintaining a Writer’s Notebook. For some, this might seem as simple as picking up a notebook and start writing. For others like myself, that kind of broad freedom is paralyzing. So I set out to learn what other writers include in their notebooks to help me develop my own style.
While this book, Lessons for the Writer’s Notebook, is geared towards a much younger audience, Ralph Fletcher includes some great suggestions for in-class activities that resonate with this adult student as well.
For teachers, or those who homeschool, I highly recommend this resource. The large summary cards help guide you through the daily lessons, and the back of each card offers examples of the technique to share with the class. My favorite was a copy of Ralph Fletcher’s own notes where he jotted ideas about the moon that eventually ended up as a part of his classic picture book, Hello Harvest Moon.
I hope to begin my own writer’s notebook this week. I will let you know how it goes.
I’m still maintaining the blogging schedule.
I am giving thought to adding a weekly entry that focuses on my writing journey… but so far I’m still in the phase of brainstorming post ideas.
- Monday Middle Grade Mania – where I reviewed Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
- Wordless Wednesday – where we visit Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square in Venice)
- French Friday – where I review Lisette’s List by Susan Vreeland