What is an Interactive
• A personalized textbook
• A working portfolio – all of your notes, class work, quizzes – in one
What is the purpose of the notebook?
• The purpose of the interactive student notebook (ISN) is to
enable you to be a creative, independent, and reflective thinker
and writer throughout the year. Interactive student notebooks
will be used for class notes, as well as for other activities where
you will be asked to express your own ideas and process and/or
apply the information and skills learned in this class. It also helps
you review for tests.
• 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.
Left SideLeft Side
Title Date Title Date
• The Left Side belongs to Mrs. Pryor
• The Left Side has all “testable” information; it’s what you
will be learning:
– Title and Unit pages
– Class, reading, and discussion notes
– Table of Contents
– Study Guides
– Content and Language Objectives
– Other relevant information
1. Should be completely done.
2. Should clearly have both the title of the assignment at the
top and the date centered to the right of the title. The
page should be numbered at the bottom right-hand and
3. All assignments should be in chronological order by the
times they were assigned.
Examples of Left Side
• Articles, graphs, charts, diagrams
• Notes, quizzes, tests, foldables
• Graphic Organizers / Thinking Maps
• In-class Assignments, mini-lessons
• Recording Sheets
• Right Side is to record your thinking, reflections,
questions, thoughts, impressions, connections, and
• The Right Side belongs to YOU!
– Apply skills learned in class
– Use graphs, charts, Venn Diagrams, research from
– Make connections between new and old learning
– Thinking Maps
– Sketches related to learning
– Other relevant information
• All Right Side assignments should be done only on
right sides, unless other instructed by teacher.
• Each fully-completed and correct Right Side
assignment earns a grade.
• Any missing part (date, title, incomplete, etc.)
will cause points to be deducted.
What materials do I need?
•5 Star (or comparable) 5-subject
college-ruled notebook, 8.5” x 11”
•Glue stick/Elmer’s glue
•Assorted color pencils
•Pencil sharpener/pencil (mechanical
• No ripped out pages or torn corners
• No doodling that doesn’t relate to
• Date, title, and number each page
– Everyone’s ISN must MATCH!
After being absent, be sure to
check the teacher notebook and
get caught up!
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 50%
will be deducted from their notebook score for that check.
After two calendar days, no points can be earned for that
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.
Be prepared and take
great pride in your work!
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
How long should it take
to work on my notebook?
• Normally class time is given to work on Right Side
assignments; however, they may need to be
finished at home. The expectation is that you will
revisit Left and Right Side to review the material
and prepare for tests and quizzes. Once you
have a good understanding of the kinds of
Right Side activities that can be done, it
should take you about 15/20 minutes to
complete a right side.
Setting up theSetting up the
Interactive StudentInteractive Student
THE ISNTHE ISN
Setting up the Interactive Student Notebook
Initial Set Up
1. The notebook should be set up following the
directions given by Mrs. Pryor in class (a copy of
these can be found on our class website and will
be the first item glued into the ISN).
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
• Your cover must be clearly labeled to
– ELA (or full English Language Arts)
– Your Name
• You MAY include pictures, drawings (with
four or more colors), designs, etc. that
express who you are as a person, but this
is not required (not here, at least…).
• Using photos, clippings, markers
(must use at least 4 colors), glue,
paper, and scissors, etc., decorate
the Title Page (first notebook page
visible once the ISN is opened) of
your Interactive Student Notebook
to show the many varied facets of
your role in English Language Arts as
a WORLD CHANGER.