Writing Interactive Notebooks: Writing Activities {Interactive Writing Notebook}

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Writing Interactive Notebooks ~ Sentences and Paragraphs for Common Core 3-8. This Writing Interactive Notebook is a companion to my TpT Best Sellers for Reading Literature and Reading Informational Text.

Get the *original* Interactive Writing Notebooks - Over 30,000 copies sold!

This resource is now part of an interactive notebook bundle. Find the bundle here.


Each of the 26 lessons includes a photo of the finished product, teacher’s notes, teacher’s instructions, and student pages (templates). You will find that all of the information needed to begin teaching these concepts is in here. This is NOT simply a product full of templates and organizers that require hours of research and prep time - I have included all of that information for you! I have also included a version of each template that is blank so you can adapt when necessary.

I’ve included the Common Core alignment for Writing and Language for grades 3-6 and included that in the preview file as well.

This is TRULY an *interactive* notebook with templates that fold and flip for the students to interact with. This product is NOT simply pages and pages of definitions and descriptions for students to glue into their notebooks.

In the preview you file, you will also find a table of contents and several sample pages.

Please look carefully at the table of contents and the lesson list below so that you know what’s included in this notebook.

Here is what’s included:

1: Dead Words & Dead Verbs

2: Vivid Verbs

3: Describers

4: Good Sentences

5: Action Parts of a Sentence

6: Better Sentences

7: Best Sentences

8: Short Response to Literature

9: Narrative Writing

10: Transition Words

11: Expository Paragraph Structure

12: Write an Expository Paragraph

13: Descriptive Paragraphs Exemplar Close Reading

14: Write a Descriptive Paragraph

15: Sequence Paragraphs (Procedures) Close Reading A

16: Write a Sequence Paragraph (Procedures)

17: Sequence Paragraphs (Events) Close Reading B

18: Write a Sequence Paragraph (Events)

19: Compare & Contrast Close Reading of Exemplar

20: Write a Compare & Contrast Paragraph

21: Problem & Solution Close Reading of Exemplar

22: Write a Problem & Solution Paragraph

23: Cause & Effect Close Reading of Exemplar

24: Write a Cause & Effect Paragraph

25: Opinion/Argumentative Paragraph Close Reading of Exemplar

26: Write an Opinion/Argumentative Paragraph

This product also includes an Appendix with the following:

Extra practice worksheets for parts of sentences (5)

Sentence parts posters

Sentence parts interactive notebook posters

I've also included a PowerPoint file that includes ALL of the blank templates from this notebook in a format that you can edit digitally. If you are reasonably fluent in PowerPoint and know how to add text boxes and insert images, you can easily edit any template for use in your own classroom.

**UPDATE** 8/13/16 - I've added a file titled "Alternate Exemplars Simplified.pdf" - this document includes lower grade level exemplars (writing samples) for you to use with your lower grades students in third grade or as a modification.

**UPDATE** 6/17/14 - This product has been updated to include the 7th and 8th grades Common Core Alignment. If you teach these upper grades, this notebook is absolutely relevant for you if you are looking to improve your students' sentence structure and paragraph writing. However, keep in mind that you will need further resources for expanding your writing lessons to research papers and essays.

This product download is a ZIP file that will extract a folder that contains 4 files:

IWN Main – The entire Interactive Writing Notebook in PDF format ready to print and use.

IWN Alternate L6-8 – Alternate versions of Lessons 6-8 in PDF format– See preview file for more information.

IWN Appendix – See above for a list of the extras included in this PDF.

IWN Editable Templates – PowerPoint file of all templates that can be edited to suit your own classroom needs.

Need help??

Help with ZIP files: http://imlovinlit.blogspot.com/2014/09/zip-file-911.html

Comprehensive FAQ on Interactive Notebooks:


As always, if you have any questions about this product or using this product, please email me at ecobb@me.com.


Ready for More Intensive Writing? Teaching Upper Grades? You need:

Interactive Research Papers & Essays for Common Core Writing Grades 3-8

More Interactive Notebooks for ELA:

Interactive Grammar Notebooks ~ Grammar & Mechanics for Common Core Grades 4-8

Interactive Literature Circles for Grades 4-8

Interactive Poetry Notebooks: Poetry Elements for Common Core Grades 4-8+

Interactive Reading Literature Notebooks ~ Literary Elements for Common Core 4-8

Interactive Reading Notebooks Informational Text: Nonfiction for Common Core 4-8

Reading Literature Graphic Organizers for Common Core 4-8 Reading Response

Total Pages
225 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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