In this FREE booklet, find information on how I use the Writer's Notebook as an Interactive Notebook in my secondary English classes. This freebie includes explanations of how I have my students organize the notebook as well as the charts, handouts, graphic organizers, rubrics, etc. that my students use with the notebook throughout the school year.
The Writer’s Notebook is the heart of the English classroom. It is the place that holds a student’s reflections on literature and life. It is the place where a student goes to record important notes about a text for further study and writing. It is the place where students can explore new words, ideas, and the world at large.
Using the Writer’s Notebook in your classroom helps to keep both the students and teacher organized. It also provides a practical format for assessing student work, progress, and overall performance. But, how do you organize it, launch it, assess it, and use it? This booklet contains step-by-step instructions on how to do just that! It even includes handouts to give to your students to guide them through the process of setting up and using the Writer's Notebook on a daily basis.
This booklet includes:
1. The Purpose of the Writer’s Notebook
2. Handout: Writer’s Notebook Introduction
3. Handout: Writer’s Notebook Expectations
4. Section #1: Writing
a. Handout: Teacher-Selected Writing
b. Handout: Student-Selected Writing
5. Section #2: Notes
a. Handout: Literary Elements & Techniques Chart
b. Handout: Character Chart
c. Handout: Story Page
d. Handout: Quote Log
e. Handout: Question Guide
6. Section #3: Vocabulary
a. Handout: Vocabulary Page Instructions
7. Section #4: Free Space/ Section #5 Extra Storage
a. Handout: Free Space & Extra Storage
8. Handout: Writer’s Notebook Self-Evaluation
9. Handout: Writer’s Notebook Rubric
10. Grading Tips for Success!
The Writer’s Notebook transcends grade level. In fact, I give my students the exact same Writer’s Notebook directives and expectations no matter if they are in 9th grade or 12th grade. The structure remains the same. The only element that varies among grade levels is the content, which changes based upon the literature and writing tasks required by each grade level’s curriculum.
The Writer's Notebook helps to make the grading process more efficient for the teacher and also keeps student organized. It is an invaluable tool in the ELA classroom and keeps students skills focused. In fact, the Writer's Notebook involves nearly EVERY SINGLE COMMON CORE STANDARD. So, give it a try and get started with the Writer's Notebook in your classroom!
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