Writing Interactive Notebooks: Writing Activities for Common Core 3-8

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

Get the *original* Interactive Writing Notebook - Over 25,000 copies sold!

If you prefer a hard copy, you can order the spiral bound notebook here.

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** 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. Please check out my Interactive Research Papers and Essays product for this reason.

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.

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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

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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

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Teaching Duration
1 Semester

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