The next two entries are the “final” from our reading of the book “Writer’s Notebook” by Ralph Fletcher. In the book he describes all the different ways that you might use a writer’s notebook. The chapters vary from creating lists, recording snatches of conversation, remembering memories, creating mental pictures, stories you can’t forget, etc. The boys were tasked with trying each of the ways at least once in their own writer’s notebook. Some were easy like creating lists of movies they wanted to see or jokes they wanted to remember. Some were difficult such as writing about something deeply personal (I let them keep that one private if they wanted.)
The final exam was that they had to pick one of their notebook entries to publish – going through editing, teacher review, etc. Carter chose to publish a new mental picture where you take one moment in time and try to capture it in your writing to use at some other time. He has actually published one of these before on the blog. Bennett picked a memory entry. I said that memories had to be over a year old because I wanted the memory to be old enough to mellow in his brain. A year is a long time in the span of only 8 years of life – a few of which you have no memories from!