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Prepare a cover for the reading notebook and consider adding a reading log to record all of the books he reads along with a rating system. It can also be used as a table of contents to log the pages where a specific notebooking page is completed for that particular book.
Select a variety of blank pages, lined pages, and notebooking pages to put together the remainder of the notebook. I selected ones that were simpler at the beginning, followed by some that were progressively more challenging. Here are some examples of other pages I included in our notebook.
Once completed, number each page at the bottom right corner if you plan to record them in the table of contents. After completing a book together through a read-aloud or independently, encourage your child to complete a notebooking page that best captures a specific part of the text.
He can record a favorite quote or scene, a favorite character, a connection he made to the book, questions that arose, or specific thoughts he has pertaining to the text in general. (Stay tuned for specific ideas in Day 4 of this series!) Encourage him to color any drawings or add stickers and additional media to complete the page. With younger students, record their ideas as seen below and gradually work toward independence. You can also scribe their thoughts and have them use this for copywork in their notebook.Once completed, remember to record the title and page number in the reading log for a complete portfolio of all the books read.
Putting together a Reader’s Notebook challenges a child to go deeper in her reading and to draw out the parts most important to her. When a child can narrate what took place and process through important ideas in the text, he takes ownership of his reading and grows as an active reader. It’s a simple and fun way to practice deeper reading that can be used with a variety of texts.
Here are some sample notebooking pages to get you started!
Stay tuned for Day 4 for specific comprehension strategies.
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