Reader's & Writer's Notebook

As you record your response to text, DO NOT focus on summary. The focus is on your response and ongoing dialog with the text.  Your notebook should include:  

observations and insights about your reading process and experience

text connections

thinking questions

research notes

links to research sources


passages (with parenthetical citations) 

prompt responses  (prompt copy/pasted from Google Classroom to your notebook) 

nature journal responses

viewer's responses

vocabulary development

When engaging in drafting and brainstorming work for a summative assessment, your notebook will also include: 


thesis development

early drafting

Throughout each semester, you will keep a digital  Reader's & Writer's Notebook (RWN). It is the primary focus of your formative work.

As a digital notebook, your RWN will reveal your ongoing dialog with a text and automatically time stamp your entries. This will create a  "breadcrumb trail" of  your ongoing work - documenting and authenticating the originality of your work.  

Click here to download a sample
Reader's & Writer's Notebook.

Organizing your Reader's & Writer's Notebook

A folder for your Reader's and Writer's Notebook is located inside your course folder. 

Organize your notebook into different "sections".  Name/label each section  to make it easier to access your ideas.