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Writer's-Reader's Notebook (5 Pack)

Linda Rief, Oyster River Middle School, New Hampshire

ISBN 978-0-325-01234-6 / 0-325-01234-2 / 2007 / 152pp / Bundle
Imprint: Heinemann
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Grade Level: 5th - 12th
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The Writer’s-Reader’s Notebook is essential to everything Linda Rief’s students do in her workshop classroom as literate young men and women. Far more than a place where students merely practice writing, this is where they do the work of learning. Now Linda shares her Writer’s-Reader’s Notebook with you and your students, in the exact format that she and her students have found most useful—a format she has perfected in more than two decades in the classroom. Conveniently available in packs of five and with instructions for each of its sections printed inside, these notebooks are now ready for use in your classroom. The design of this notebook is flexible and adaptable to the demands of not only English/language arts, but any content area concerned with the development of literacy.


Linda has organized the Writer’s-Reader’s Notebook for two important purposes—to meet the specific demands of literacy instruction and to provide a safe, structured way for students to discover the power of choice in their writing and reading as well as the time and space in which to exercise it. The Notebook includes specially designated places for students to:

  • note what books they are reading or want to read
  • jot down ideas for future writing
  • respond to reading, draft writing ideas, think about their world
  • take notes during teacher-directed lessons
  • record new vocabulary they encounter
  • make special note of words with troublesome spellings.


Each section contains specific instructions and guidelines, providing a helpful structure for students as they learn and grow as writers and readers. Linda also includes some of her favorite inspirational quotes about writing and reading throughout; meanwhile, her organizational tools help students navigate the ideas and information they’ve compiled during the year.


In addition, Linda's guide, Inside the Writer's-Reader's Notebook, is available separately and offers in-depth ideas for teaching through the Notebook as well as numerous student samples to model and inspire its usage.


With its tear-resistant cover, thick paper stock, softened rules for drawing and writing, and backpack-friendly size, the Writer’s-Reader’s Notebook’s fully functional design keeps the needs of adolescents in mind. And with Linda Rief’s experience, wisdom, and know-how behind it, you’ll discover a proven, convenient, and powerful way to help kids develop voice, explore their ideas, record their growing awareness of themselves, and cultivate a love of writing and reading.

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