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I love your readers notebook. I really want to try using them next year. Can you help me explain how they organize it? Do they skip pages to make the different parts? I really love love love it!!! Do you tab it?
I use a four-section reader’s notebook, and I do have the kids count the pages and tab it before we ever start using it. The sections are as follows (page numbers are based on a 100-page composition notebook):
- My Reading Life (~15 pages): Identity-building work is done here. (reading timelines, home-run books, identity ladders, last ten books I’ve read, etc.)
- What I’m Learning (~20 pages): Notes or copies of key anchor charts (as they are retired from the wall) go here.
- Read-Aloud (~30 pages): Post-its or writing long based on read-aloud with accountable talk go here. This work is guided heavily.
- Independent Reading (~35 pages): This section looks much like the read-aloud section, but it is not so guided, as the work is done during independent reading.