Guidelines for Reader’s Notebook
The purpose of a Reader’s/Writer’s Notebook is to give students a place for thinking and trying out new strategies and skills. It also serves as a central notebook to store handouts and other materials used in the literacy classroom. For a teacher, it is a tool to inform instruction and evidence of student learning. Students should have one notebook for reading and one notebook for writing. Below are ideas for how to use notebooks in the classroom.
Uses of the Reader’s Notebook
A Reading Notebook is a tool for thinking, recording ideas, generating ideas and trying out new voices. It can be used for quick writes, stop-and-jots, 2-column notes, charts, class notes, brainstorming, organizing thinking/learning, etc.
It is a place for readers to:
§ Record the books they are reading
§ Set reading goals
§ Collect notes from mini-lessons
§ Work through problems and brainstorm
§ Go back to reread and/or revise thinking
§ Reflect on how he/she has grown as a reader