Are you looking for ideas for a table of contents for interactive writing notebooks? These ideas are ideal for any writing curriculum and are a part of a series of mini lessons for writer’s workshop designed for scaffolding through the writing process.
What should you include on the table of contents?
List the skills and the page numbers. Add an illustration that is related to each skill for those visual learners. Students can quickly think back and remember that lesson. When creating the table of contents, I model it daily. Teach with the anchor chart, read a mentor text, then have students take notes and add to the table of contents. It is a good practice to NOT fill out the table of contents ahead of time. There might be a skill that takes up more than one page.
Students can create their own table of contents with pictures or I offer a free printable to paste inside the first page of each notebook. Click on the pic!
Now that Lesson #7 on Closing Sentences and Clinchers is completed, paragraph writing skills are finished. It is a good time to check over students’ table of contents. Notebook checks work well at the end of a group of skills or after 10 pages or so. Students tend to take their numbering more seriously if you grade notebook checks. The grading sheet is set up so you can grade once or take four grades at 25 points each and count it as one grade.
This lesson is also included in the STEP-BY-STEP WRITING® Programwith mini-lessons designed to scaffold through the writing process. Writing units included are sentence structure, paragraph writing, narrative writing, opinion writing, and informative writing. See what is included in the image below and click on it to learn more about them! You will turn your reluctant writers into ROCKSTAR WRITERS™!
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