READER'S NOTEBOOK BUNDLE: Everything You Need for a Reader's Notebook

READER'S NOTEBOOK BUNDLE: Everything You Need for a Reader's Notebook
READER'S NOTEBOOK BUNDLE: Everything You Need for a Reader's Notebook
READER'S NOTEBOOK BUNDLE: Everything You Need for a Reader's Notebook
READER'S NOTEBOOK BUNDLE: Everything You Need for a Reader's Notebook
READER'S NOTEBOOK BUNDLE: Everything You Need for a Reader's Notebook
READER'S NOTEBOOK BUNDLE: Everything You Need for a Reader's Notebook
READER'S NOTEBOOK BUNDLE: Everything You Need for a Reader's Notebook
READER'S NOTEBOOK BUNDLE: Everything You Need for a Reader's Notebook
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READER'S NOTEBOOK BUNDLE: Includes every product I have that is for a Reader's Notebook. Buy in the Bundle and Save $$$$$. Plus Bonus freebies. Included:


A Reader’s Notebook is much like a Writer’s Notebook except students use it as a tool for reading strategies, for recording their thinking about reading, and to respond to their reading. There are four sections within this document.

1. Getting Started:
Ways in which to set up a Reader’s Notebook and get students started.

2. Tools for the Reader’s Notebook:
A set of tools and strategies that students can cut out and glue into their Reader’s Notebooks.

3. Book Project for a Reader’s Notebook
A book project that includes Book Analysis and Book Talks that last all year long.

4. Resources
Things you should read to get more info about starting and maintaining a Reader’s Notebook.

Included in the Starter Pack is:

* What I Know to be True About Reading
* What Keeps Me Reading
* Books I Want to Read
* History of Me as a Reader
* My Favorite Book List
* Reader's Notebook Book Project

Tools and Strategies:
* Stop and Jot
* Schema
* Weekly Reader's Notebook Reading Posts
* Rules for a Reader's Notebook
* A book template for My Favorite Books Activity

Also included is explanations as to how to get started, pictures from my own Reader's Notebook, and a Resources page.


This is a one page insert for a Reader's Notebook. It describes a reading strategy called Stop and Jot. It gives students suggestions of when to stop and jot down information from their reading on Post It notes. Student's cut it out and glue it into their Reader's Notebook and use it as a reference tool while reading.

This is a Reader's Notebook resource for students in the form of a Book Project. Students are asked to read a specific number of books during a specified period of time. (The time periods have a fill in the blank so that teachers can choose how many books and how many weeks students will have to complete the assignment).

Students then will create a Book Analysis where they will respond to a prompt or several prompts and write a well put together paper that demonstrates their understanding of the book. Prompts are provided that require students to think deeply about their book.

A few example prompts:

What surprised me most….
The author’s writing style is….
I have empathy for….
I created a picture in my mind of…
The conflict or main idea was presented by….

Students are asked to use a strategy called STOP & JOT as they read their books and to record their thinking on Post It notes. (If you don't have access to Post It notes, you can cut out colored squares for students to write on). They place their Post It notes inside their Reader's Notebook as they read to keep track of important moments and ideas. The guidelines of STOP & JOT are provided in this resources so that students can cut it out and glue it into their Reader's Notebook to refer to.

The project also includes a Book Talk where students will give a short 2-4 minute presentation to a small group highlighting important events, and making recommendations for who should read the book.

A scoring Rubric is provided and is based on a proficiency scale of 3 to 5 where 3 is approaching the goal, 4 is meeting the goal, and 5 is exceeding the goal. The Rubric outlines the specific requirements for each level, for both the Book Analysis and the Book Talk.

Finally, a grading Rubric is provided for their Book Project. It includes an area where you can score their Book Analysis based on the Six Traits of Writing.

This is a repeated project done over the course of the entire year.


This is another item you can add to students Reader's Notebooks. There is a page that describes the difference between retelling and analyzing what we are reading. It is a stand alone, but works well with Stop n' Jots with Sticky notes, as students can use sticky notes to keep track of their learning. I have included a page that gets glued into their Reader's Notebook with examples, a page for practice, and an assessment page as Analyzing literature and informational text is a CCSS standard for Language Arts.

This product compliments Reader's Notebook Starter Pack, Reader's Notebook Stop n' Jot, and Reader's Notebook Book Projects.


This is a one page document small enough to fit into a composition book page of a Reader's Notebook. It is an alternative to doing reading logs. Instead of filling out a weekly reading log students are encouraged to fill out a note card or Post It and post it to a Anchor chart in the classroom showing how they are thinking deeply about what they are reading. It is not limited to fiction and can be used for both fiction and non-fiction.

The document has four boxes that show students an example post, describe the weekly assignment with a blank space for which day of the week it should be due, a reading strategy, and sentence starters for deep thinking about their reading.

In my classroom I have created an Anchor chart that says Weekly Reading Post: What would your character say on FACEBOOK? or What would you say about your reading on FACEBOOK. This helps students connect their posts to media that many of them use in their daily lives, or know of people who do. It's meant to be a fun alternative to a reading log, while allowing you to assess where they are in their reading thinking.

Poster is not included. You can view the example poster at


R.A.C.E. is a reading response strategy that gives students an outline on the most effective way to answer a question while meeting the Common Core State Standards of citing textual evidence. It can be used for both stating what the text says explicitly as well as for making evidence based inferences.

R.A.C.E is an acronym for the following:
Restate the question
Answer the question completely
Cite evidence from the text
Explain or Extend your answer

Included in this packet is a page for a Reader’s Notebook explaining R.A.C.E. and how to use it, assessment, and examples for assessments.


R.A.C.E. Assessment Booklets are to be used as part of the R.A.C.E Responding to Reading Strategy.

The Assessment booklets are a way for teachers to assess students learning using a variety of CCSS. There are example questions as well as booklets that leave the question blank so that you may choose which CCSS you are trying to assess for both Literary and Informational text. Included in this compressed zip file are excerpts from:

Literary Text: Alice in Wonderland
Informational Text: Yellowbottom a Descriptive Essay
Literary Text: Poem Grandpa's Garage
Literary Text: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Information Text: Young Abraham Lincoln A Biographical Essay
Literary Text: Uncle Tom's Cabin
A Blank Race Assessment Booklet so that you can cut and paste whatever mentor text your are using to teach and assess with.

Reader's Notebook Bundle by Angela Spencer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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