Writer’s Notebook


In 5/6MG we use the Writer’s Notebook strategy to inspire us to write amazing pieces. We follow the writing process below:

  • Collect information and ideas by writing, sketching and gluing items into your writer’s notebook.
  • Examples of seeds include:
    • Photos
    • Sketches
    • Ticket stubs
    • Cute, funny, interesting images
    • Maps
    • Headlines





Click here to see Miss Gale’s Pinterest board full of amazing writing seeds.








  • Find a quiet space where you can think.
  • Choose a seed.
  • Use a thinking strategy to help you express ideas about your seed.
  • Examples of thinking strategies include:
    • I Think, I Feel, I wonder
    • Brainstorming
    • Using graphic organisers
    • Using the Thinking Hats
    • I Remember, I Hope, I Imagine



  • In the space under your ‘plant seeds’ section begin to shape your thinking.
  • Write a heading ‘TOPICS’.
  • Write 4-5 ideas for writing.
  • Give your ideas working titles and write beside them the text type you would use.
  • Don’t forget to use your text type lists to help you.



  • Decide on a topic from your writer’s notebook to write about.
  • Consider who will read or listen to your written work.
  • Consider how you will present your writing.
  • Brainstorm ideas about the subject.
  • Use a planning technique (examples are available).
  • List places where you can research information.
  • Do your research.

Click here to view some planning sheets that can help you with the planning stage of the writing process.



  • Find a quiet place where you can think.
  • Read through your plan.
  • Think about what you are going to write.
  • Think about the beginning, middle and end of your writing.
  • Think about the structure that your writing will follow.



  • Put the information you researched or planned into your own words.
  • Write sentences and paragraphs even if they are not perfect.
  • Have a go at spelling words.
  • Read what you have written and judge if it says what you mean.
  • Show it to others and ask for suggestions.



  • Read what you have written again.
  • Think about what others said about it.
  • Rearrange words or sentences.
  • Take out or add parts.
  • Replace overused or unclear words.
  • Read your writing aloud to be sure it flows smoothly.
  • Correct spelling, capitalisation, and punctuation.
  • Change words that are not used correctly.



  • Read your writing aloud to a group.
  • Create a book of your work.
  • Send a copy to a friend or relative.
  • Put your writing on display.
  • Illustrate, perform, or set your creation to music.
  • Post your writing on the blog.
  • Congratulate yourself on a job well done!


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