Writing Territories

Image from Yale University Library

Walt Whitman’s Notebook
(from Yale University Library)

We use Nancy Atwell’s lesson on “Writing Territories” to create lists of writing ideas in the writer’s notebooks. 

Writing territories are simply areas or topics we want to write about later. The lists we started in class are  just the beginning because students are invited to add to the list throughout the year.  

Here are some useful handouts (from Atwell):



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