Your Key to success in Mrs.
Bowen’s Language Arts class
Have you ever heard
yourself say . . .
Get it together with your
What is an Interactive
• A personalized textbook
• A working portfolio – all of your
notes, classwork, quizzes – in one
Left Side – Right Side
• The Left side is “left” for you. This
is the side that you can use to show
me your creativity.
• The Right side is “Restricted” and
contains teacher guided notes.
Nothing else should be placed on the
• The left side belongs to you. It
contains your warm-up (question
mark) and the day’s activity (light
bulb). On this page you may include
diagrams, cartoons, drawings, poems,
Examples of Left Side
Sensory Figures, cont.
• The right side belongs to me and
should only contain teacher directed
guided notes. Nothing else should be
placed on this page! The right side
contains the notepad icon and will
contain all the testable material.
Examples of Right Side
• Study Guides
• Mead 5 Star Notebook
• Erasable pens
• Colored pencils
• Glue sticks (2 per month)
• No ripped out pages or torn corners
• No doodling that doesn’t relate to notes
• Notebook should only be used in Language
Arts. (No other classes!!)
• Date and number each page
Step 1: Label the first six pages using Roman
numerals as shown below…. i(R), ii(L), iii(R), iv(L),
v(R), vi (L)
i ii iii
Step 2: After vi (L), number the right side
Page beginning with #1(L). Number from 1-50.
Ex. 1 (r)
3 (r)… etc
1(r) 2(L) 3(r)
Table of Contents
Table of Contents Table of Contents
• Go back to pg. i at the beginning
In large, colorful letters write the
Go to p. vi. In the center, write
‘ISN Notebook Check Grade Report”
-This is where your graded monthly
rubrics will be stored.
• Go back to page 1 (r).
• At the top center, write TABLE OF
In the right margin, write PAGE
-Do this for pages 1(r), 2(l), 3(r),
Table of Contents pg
Go back to page v. and attach the Rituals and
Routines Power Point handout that you
received the first week of school using
your glue stick.
-Because there is important information on
the back, you will create a valley fold at
the very top, apply glue to the fold, and
attach so that it can flip up.
-Attach your syllabus to page iii using
your personal stapler.
-Read over your syllabus with a
partner. Highlight important things
that you will need to know to be
successful in 8th grade ELA.
Assignment: On page ii of your ISN, draw
and illustrate a postcard to someone that
you know. Tell them about your new class
and include four things you will need to
know and do to be successful.
Note: Remember the Left hand side is yours.
Be creative and COLOR WITH PURPOSE!!!!
P. iv should be titled ‘ALL ABOUT ME.’
Write a paragraph that describes who
you are. Feel free to glue pictures of
yourself or things that you like to this
page. Remember, this page defines who
you are. COLOR WITH PURPOSE!