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.  What does this look like? Click here to see a sample Reader's & Writer's Digital Notebook.

When you write a Reader’s & Writer’s Digital Notebook entry, you should include one or more of the following:

observations and insights about your reading process and experience

text connections

new vocabulary with definitions

thinking questions

research notes

links to research sources


passages (with parenthetical citations)

When directed to do so, you will also add the following to your  Reader’s & Writer’s Digital Notebook:  

prompts - copy/pasted from Google Classroom to your notebook and followed by a detailed and in-depth response

nature journal responses

viewer's responses

When engaging in drafting and brainstorming work for a summative assessment, you will add the  following to your Reader’s & Writer’s Digital Notebook:


thesis development

early drafting

When keep this early drafting work in your Reader’s & Writer’s Digital Notebook, you are creating a "breadcrumb trail" of your thinking which will let you validate the authenticity of your work. You can prove it is your own - an important skill in the 21st century! 

Throughout each semester, you will keep a digital  Reader's & Writer's Notebook (RWN) which will reveal your ongoing dialog with a text and create a "breadcrumb trail"-  automatically time stamped - revealing precisely what you did when. This will help you prove the authenticity and originality of your work. 

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