Range of Writing

  1. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
4.4 Range of Writing
Lesson A

Use a Writer’s Notebook

Writers improve their skills by writing every day. There are many opportunities to write daily. Some involve informal writing such as e-mailing, sending text messages, writing notes, or posting on online message boards and social-networking sites. Others involve more serious writing, such as taking notes while reading, answering questions, and jotting down ideas and observations for future writing.

Set up a Writer’s Notebook

Many writers use a notebook to record their writing. You can use a writer’s notebook for many daily writing activities:

  • Write a daily journal entry about your thoughts and reflections.
  • Write personal responses to books you read.
  • Start and add to a list of words you might like to use in your writing.
  • Jot down ideas and observations you might want to use for future writing projects.

Click here to find out how to set up your own writer’s notebook.

Daily Writing Prompts
Use your writer’s notebook to practice writing daily. Use these prompts to spark your thinking.

Writing Projects
You can also use a writer’s notebook for longer writing activities:

  • Gather and organize ideas for writing projects.
  • Record notes and sources from any research you gather.
  • Draft, revise, and edit writing projects.

Practice writing longer projects by clicking on the links above. Use your writer’s notebook as you prewrite and draft your piece of writing.