Action Research. Sindy Buford Hollie Whitcomb.
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“For the last few decades, I have kept little notebooks of inspiration, consolation, and meditation – quotes from others that have awakened the sleeping beast in my mind poked my imagination into flames, comforted me in times of blockage. These quotes come from everywhere and anywhere – Shunryu Suzuki to Samuel Johnson to Eudora Welty to Muriel Rukeyser. Sometimes they come from friends and family. I write them down in my notebook and annotate them with my own thoughts.”-Erica Jong
It is with this quote in mind that the researchers hoped to “awaken the sleeping beast” in the minds of our students and “poke their imagination into flames” in their narrative and creative writing pieces written to support position.
Will the Use of a Writer’s Notebook Improve Writing Assessment Scores?
1. When doing a writing piece this year, how did your Writer’s Notebook help you?
2. How many times, other than class assignments, did you make entries in your Writer’s Notebook?
The student personal narrative pieces are scored on a scale of 1.0 to 4.0. The researchers found the following: