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Interactive Reading & Writing Handbook / Notebook for Student Binders {Gr. 3-8}

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No glue! No scissors! Oh my! This product includes all the resources you will need to set up interactive reading and writing handbooks/notebooks in binders for your students (minus the jaggedy edges, crumply pages, and stickiness of traditional notebooks).

Interactive notebooks are all the rage these days. As a part of a lesson, students fold, glue, and color papers into composition books along with additional learning notes. The composition book becomes an ongoing record of all that has been learned throughout the year. I love this method in theory, but have encountered some difficulties with the practicality of it.

My reading and writing handbook/notebook serves a very similar purpose to a traditional composition book notebook, but it is a bit more versatile, and it is (in my opinion) faster and easier for students to use.

At the beginning of the school year, you can simply prefill 1” binders for your students with the *68* documents I have created. (Purchasing binders in bulk is the best way to go. I recently purchased a set of 12 for less than $14 at Sam’s Club. I also reuse the binders for at least 2 years in a row.)

As the year goes on, you will simply have students add new items to their binders as you share “anchor” documents to teach your lessons. A blank table of contents (which I call the “Cheat” Sheet Contents) is included for both the reading and writing sections of the handbook/notebook so that students can record each new item that you decide to include in the binder. This binder can house EVERYTHING you want your students to use for reading and writing. Forget about having students use multiple items for multiple purposes! Using one binder for all of the reading and writing resources that your students will need helps them to organize and de-clutter their learning environment.

The Reading and Writing Handbook Includes:

* Table of Contents (3 versions so that you can customize it for your preferences)

Section 1 – What I’m Reading:
* My Reading Record & Metacognitive Memos - 4 pages
* Genre Codes - 1 page
* Genres I'm Reading - 2 pages
* My Wish List - 2 pages
* My Book Recommendations - 2 pages

Section 2 – What I’m Learning about Reading:
* My Reading Goals - 2 pages
* CCSS Aligned Fiction Reading Response Prompts & Response Sheets - 17 pages
* CCSS Aligned Nonfiction Reading Response Prompts & Response Sheets - 13 pages
* Reading "Cheat" Sheet Contents (a table of contents to add your own anchor documents to the handbook) - 2 pages

Section 3 – The Writing Process:
* Writing Process Graphic Organizer - 1 page
* Planning Guide - 1 page
* Drafting Guide - 1 page
* Revising Guide - 1 page
* Revising Symbols Chart - 1 page
* Revising with a Coach Checklist - 1 page
* Revising on My Own Checklist - 1 page
* Editing Guide - 1 page
* Editing Symbols Chart - 1 page
* Editing on My Own Checklist - 1 page
* Editing with a Coach Checklist - 1 page
* Final Draft & Publishing Guide - 1 page

Section 4 – What I’m Learning about Writing:
* FOCUS on 5 Menu Aligned with Common Core Writing Skills HERE. - 1 page
* My Writing Goals - 2 pages
* Writing “Cheat” Sheet Contents - 2 pages

Section 5 – What I’m Writing:
* Record of My Writing - 2 pages

Rubrics – If you would choose to count the overall completion and organization of student binders as a grade, two versions of a rubric have been included for this purpose. - 2 pages

If you'd rather use just a Reading Handbook/Notebook without the Writing Sections, you may want to check out the following product:

Interactive Reading Handbook / Notebook for Student Binders {Grades 3-8}

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Happy Teaching!
Kelli Wise
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Interactive Reading & Writing Handbook / Notebook for Stud
Interactive Reading & Writing Handbook / Notebook for Stud
Interactive Reading & Writing Handbook / Notebook for Stud
Interactive Reading & Writing Handbook / Notebook for Stud