My Heart Map. Students create a heart map in their writer's notebook as inspiration for their writing. 3 important people, 3 hobbies, 3 important places, 3 memories, and 3 important things. They will always have something to write about for a personal narrative.
These are some ideas that could go into a Writer's Notebook. OMG! Why didn't my teacher's do something like this. This is fun and entertaining for the students. It make me excited to try something like this. I think students would enjoy it because they are writing about themselves while inputting what they learned about punctuation, grammar etc.
This link is to an excellent teaching blog. The picture is of a venn diagram that compares two students in the class. You could also do this and have the students compare two characters from a story! I also like how this incorporates art into language arts. -Maggie Smith 2/18/13