Reader’s Notebook Sections
Section 1: (Chart: inside cover) This section is where you will write down all of the books you have
read and COMPLETED.
Section 2: (Notes/Handouts) This section is for all class notes and/or handouts. Every time you are
given a handout, you must glue it neatly into your Reader’s Notebook. These notes and handouts are
important and should be used throughout the year for reference.
Section 3: (Active Involvement) This section is where you will paste/tape activity sheets that are
used to practice reading skills and/or concepts. I may tell you to jot down a prediction, visualization,
connection, notes on a character or setting, etc. Sometimes you will do this with a partner. Even if you
do this with a partner, you BOTH need to write in your own notebook.
Section 4: (Guided Reading) This section is where you will put all the information we do during guided
reading, or small group instruction.
*Each time journals are collected, I will look through sections 1-4. You will be graded on the
Neatness of each section (cutting/taping, handwriting, etc.)
Continuous completion of charts (reading list and mini lessons)
Proper activity sheets
Ideas written in complete thoughts
Section 5: (Letters) This section is where you will write all of your letters to me. You must write
ONE letter a week. When I collect your notebook, it will be every two weeks and I should see two
letters. These letters should contain all appropriate paragraphs and be in a friendly letter format.
Remember to use language that is appropriate to write to an adult. For example, your greeting will not
say, “Yo, what’s up?” Please refer to the other handouts for specifics on how to write a letter.
*Each time journals are collected, I will also grade section 5. Please refer to your “Letters” section
for a grading rubric.
Sample Reading Notebook Grading Sheet
Name ______________________________ Date ______
Reading Notebook Sections and Requirements Points Given
Reading Charts ___ /3
Charts are complete and up-to-date (3 points)
Notes/Handouts ___ /3
Active Involvement ___ /3
Guided Reading ___ /3
Each section is neat (handouts, handwriting, etc.)
Each section is complete (responses and handouts) (3 points per section =
Ideas are in complete thoughts 9 points total)
Letters #1 #2
Format / Tone / Overall Quality ____/11 ____/11
Paragraph 1 - Introduction ____/11 ____/11
Paragraph 2 - Summary ____/11 ____/11
Paragraph 3 – Literary Element ____/11 ____/11
(44 points per letter =
88 points total)
Reading Journal Grade: ____/100
Friendly Letter Format
Greeting, (Dear Miss Davis,) SKIP 2 LINES
The first paragraph of your letter should include basic information about
your book. You should state the title, the author, genre, and category of your
book; for example, is it easy, just right, or a challenge. Also, provide supportive
examples as to how you know its genre and why you think it’s a certain category.
After your introduction contains all the above information, go to the next
line of your paper, indent, and begin your second paragraph. The second paragraph
should be a summary that contains 6-10 sentences of what you had just read. For
example, after you read your book for 30 minutes, begin writing your letter, and
summarize in this paragraph what you read during those 30 minutes. This should
not be a summary of your entire book; just the pages you read that evening, or
time outside of school.
Now that you’ve written your second paragraph, you’re going to go to the
next line, indent, and begin writing the conclusion. This part of your letter is
where you show what you know about the reading strategies and/or concepts that
you’ve learned in class either that day, or that week. As a class, you’ll be keeping a
running list of skills and/or story elements on a chart in this section. Remember,
what you learn in class is what you apply when you read at home. You may refer to
this list to help focus your reading and then use to help write this paragraph. SKIP
Closing, (Your Student,) SKIP 2 LINES
Signature of Your Name
Friendly Letter Sample
Dear Miss Davis,
I am currently reading the book The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman. This book is the
third book of a series starting with The Golden Compass. I normally don’t read fantasy novels,
but it turns out that I’m really enjoying this one. I know that it’s a fantasy because it contains
talking animals, or creatures that represent the spirit of humans. When I chose this book, I
knew it was a “just right” because I tried the five finger test and found out that I had two
words on one page that I didn’t know. That means that it is not too easy or too hard for me.
Tonight was the first night that I started reading this book. The story began by
describing a new character named Will. Will is a 12-year-old boy who seems to be taking on
many adult responsibilities. For example, he is taking care of his mother in his father’s
absence. At this point of the story, I don’t know where Will’s father is. His mother behaves
strangely. She is confused about the everyday world and acts like a child. Toward the end of
my reading session, Will brings his mother back from a walk to their house and discovers an
intruder who is trying to steal valuable letters that belong to Will’s mother. Will tries to
protect himself and his mother, but accidentally kills the intruder! The book is very exciting
so far and it’s only the beginning!
In ILA class today, we learned about story elements. Story elements are things that
make up a story and they include characters, plot, problem/solution, theme, setting, and point
of view. While I read tonight, I was able to identify important characters, an event in the
plot, and the point of view. The two characters are Will and his mother and they were involved
in an incident with an intruder in their home. I also was able to recognize some parts of
setting, which was the neighborhood they live in and their own house. This story is told in the
third person. I know this because the narrator is not involved in the storyline and knows the
emotions and thoughts of all the characters. In conclusion, those were some story elements
that I could identify while reading tonight. I look forward to writing to you again next week!