I’ve used writing notebooks for several years and have made changes along the way to find the best possible way to use them. This post will show how to set up your notebook! There is a video link at the bottom too!
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A. Decorate the Outside Cover
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Start a table of contents on the first page. Save the first 4 pages for Table of Contents. As students add their notes, they number their pages and keep track on the Table of Contents page! We used colorful dot labels for page numbers.
C. Tabs and Cover Sheets
Ideas- 3 pages using front and back.
Paragraph Writing- 5 pages using front and back.
Writing Process- 1 page using front and back.
Narrative Writing- 14 pages using front and back.
Opinion Writing- 8 pages using front and back.
Rough Drafts- the rest of the notebook
The least expensive way:
I know all about teaching on a budget. Make Tabs with Post Its- This is the least expensive way. Collect as many colors of Post-It notes as needed for the amount of tabs you want to create and cut them in strips. Fold it over once. Then tape each color strip in the notebook. Use clear packaging tape and place it on both sides of the tab and both sides of the page so it looks like it is a laminated piece.
Redi Tags are easier but more expensive than Post Its.
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