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Writing: Reader's Notebooks

These sites have activities and downloadable guidelines to help students modeling writing a thorough response in reader’s notebooks, applying comprehension strategies, and following a friendly letter format. There are links to eThemes Resources on letter writing, reading comprehension strategies, and story elements.


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This article explains the reader's notebook, section by section: reading log, genres, goals and progress, mini-lesson handouts, reading partnerships, and reading response. Links to sample forms, assessment, and storage ideas are included. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (message board, forum, etc.).
This article include information about using a reader's notebook with all ages of learners; sections include: why should we use a reader's notebook; how do you use the different sections of a reader's notebook; how does reading reflection work; using a reader's notebook in grades 5-12; vocabulary; spelling; reading log; reading letters; and topics that support the reader's notebook. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (message board, forum, etc.).
In this lesson plan students engage in activities to help them acquire strategies in selecting appropriate books for reading.
Character trading cards assist students in describing characters in book reading and writing by providing prompts ask students to describe the character, look at his or her thoughts and feelings, explore how he or she develops, identify important thoughts and actions, and make personal connections to the character.
This interactive tool provides prompts for writing friendly and business letters.
These sites provide examples of friendly and business letters. Includes explanations on the different parts of letters and general writing tips. Also covers thank you notes and how to address envelopes. Includes an interactive quiz and a Powerpoint presentation. There are also letters from famous people from George Washington to J.K. Rowling.
These sites offer various strategies to improve reading comprehension for students at all grade levels. Includes many online stories and questions to test reading comprehension. There is a reading comprehension inventory and research articles on this topic. Many pages can be printed out and used in the classroom. Some of the tips include KWL charts, story maps, word maps, and story pyramids. There are also links to eThemes Resources on graphic organizers, guided reading, and literature circles.
These sites have hands-on activities and graphic organizers to help students understand the different story elements, including plot, setting, and characterization. Also learn about sequencing and cause and effect. There are links to eThemes Resources on character traits, book activities, and graphic organizers.

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