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Interactive Notebook for English

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This presentation explains to students, teachers, and parents how the Interactive Notebook is organized, as well as other valuable information about how the notebook will be used in class.

This presentation explains to students, teachers, and parents how the Interactive Notebook is organized, as well as other valuable information about how the notebook will be used in class.


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  • 1. Interactive Student Notebook
    • Your Key to Success
    • in Honors English
  • 2. I can't find my . . . notes, homework, old quizzes . . . I was absent yesterday. Did I miss anything? I can't remember what we did in class yesterday. I'm sure its in . . . mom’s car . . . my book bag . . . my room . . .
  • 3. Get it together with your Interactive Notebook
  • 4. What is an Interactive Notebook?
    • A personalized textbook
    • A working portfolio – all of your notes, essays, worksheets, class work, quizzes – in one convenient spot.
  • 5. Purpose
    • Be a creative, independent and reflective thinker and writer throughout the year.
    • Express your own ideas and process and or apply the information and skills learned in this class.
  • 6. LEFT PAGE Student Responses RIGHT PAGE Teacher Input
  • 7. Right Side
    • The Right side belongs to Mrs. Karney
    • The Right side has all “testable” information
      • Date
      • Title and Unit pages
      • Vocabulary
      • Class, reading, and discussion notes
      • Worksheets
      • Table of Contents
      • Study Guides
      • Quizzes
      • Content and Language Objectives
      • Other relevant information
  • 8. Right Side
    • 1. Should be completely done.
    • 2. Title, date, and page number on every page
    • 3. All assignments should be in chronological order
    • 4. All right side assignments should be done only on right sides unless other instructed by Mrs. Karney. Each fully completed and correct right side assignment earns a grade.
    • Any missing part (date, title, incomplete, etc.) will cause points to be deduced.
  • 9. Examples of Right Side Assignments
    • Articles
    • Notes, vocabulary terms
    • Graphic Organizers / Thinking Maps
    • In-class Assignments
    • Essays, writing assignments
    • Worksheets
  • 10. Left Side
    • Left Side is to record your thinking, reflections, questions, thoughts, impressions, connections, and wonderings.
    • The Left side belongs to YOU!
  • 11. Ideas for Left Side
    • Use graphs, charts, Venn Diagrams, research from internet , draw pictures
    • Make connections between new and old learning
    • Questions
    • Poems or songs
    • Brainstorming
    • Sketches related to learning
    • Create mnemonic devices
  • 12. Examples of Left Side Assignments
  • 13. LEFT SIDE
    • All of these can be done for the left side of each right side page. Every individual right side page (even for many pages of the same assignment) must have an accompanying left side activity.
  • 14. XAMPLE OF LEFT AND RIGHT PAGE
  • 15. Student Materials
    • Spiral notebook (ONLY for English)
    • Colored pencils
    • Glue stick/tape is okay
    • Safe scissors
    • Highlighter
  • 16. Maintaining the Interactive Notebook
    • No ripped out pages or torn corners
    • No doodling that doesn’t relate to notes
    • Date, title and number each page
  • 17. need YOU will a new notebook for each semester!
  • 18. Deductions for Lateness and Lack of Chronological Order
    • 1. If a student has forgotten to bring their notebook for that particular class when a notebook check is announced, they may bring it by the very next calendar day, but a letter grade will be deducted from their notebook score for that check.
    • 2.Any right side assignment that is found to be out of chronological order will cause a 10% reduction in the overall score of a notebook evaluation.
    • ALWAYS HAVE YOUR NOTEBOOK!
  • 19. GRADING OF INB
    • Each time the notebook is evaluated it will constitute a test grade. Notebook checks are unannounced and can occur at any random time during the school year.
  • 20. How long should it take to work on my notebook?
    • Normally class time is given to work on right side assignments and sometimes this includes time to work on a left side. The expectation is that you will revisit their right side that evening or the next to review the material by completing a left side activity of your own choosing. Once you have a good understanding of the kinds of left side activities that can be done, it should take you about 15 minutes to complete a left side.
  • 21. Setting up the Interactive Student Notebook
    • THE ISN
    Setting up the Interactive Student Notebook THE ISN
  • 22. Initial Set Up
    • 1. The notebook should have been set up following the directions given by Mrs. K in class.
    • 2. The table of contents must be updated regularly and will be checked during each notebook check.
    • 3. Any missing or incomplete part of these directions will cause a deduction in the overall evaluation grade each time the notebook is evaluated.
  • 23.
    • Notebook Format Handout
    Inside cover Your name Period Decorate the page AUTHOR’S PAGE #1
  • 24. Cover
    • Using photos, clippings, markers, glue, paper, and scissors, etc., decorate the cover of your Interactive Student Notebook as if it were the cover to the book that tells the story of YOUR life thus far.