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June 9, 2015

Folders for Novel Notes (Work in Progress)

This past week I spent a lot of time texting with my teammates, trying to figure out how we were going to change up our ELA block for this coming year.  The goal this coming year is to use novels more (instead of just for a class read aloud).  I'm so looking forward to it!  Now in addition to using interactive notebooks for our strategy practice, my class will be creating Novel Note Folders.  

I figure the front of the folder will be for the Title, Author, and student names.

Inside the folder will have 3 binder papers stapled to each side.  On the left will have our running list of vocabulary words to define.  On the right will have a grid to compare/contrast the chapters in many different areas, and tucked under will have chapter summaries.  The folder would be completed at the beginning and end of the different chapters/sections.

This way I can save my composition notebook pages for all the strategy mini lessons, and finding examples from the novels.  I'll show you that notebook in another post.    

The back would be a good place to have a character chart to compare and contrast the many main characters that are found in the novels.  

I don't know if it would help anyone, but I typed up (5 per page) of the strip to be glued on top of the binder paper.  It magically matches up to the binder paper lines...  

That's what I have so far... Anyone used folders for Novel Notes before?  How did it work out?  Any tips? 


  1. I really like your idea! I could see me using a this in my classroom with some of my guided reading groups next year. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Just found your blog and I am so glad to have found your ideas for using novels more. Thanks so much for sharing!


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