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Notebook Connections: Strategies for the Reader's Notebook

Notebook Connections: Strategies for the Reader's Notebook

by Aimee Buckner
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The question I grappled with was how to move students from “couch-potato” readers who can answer basic questions with one wordto readers who think while readingto readers who think beyond their reading.

–Aimee Buckner

In Notebook Know-How, Aimee Buckner demonstrated the power of notebooks to spark and capture students’ ideas in the writing workshop. In Notebook Connections, she turns her focus to the reading workshop, showing how to transform those “couch-potato” readers into deep thinkers.

Buckner’s fourth-grade students use reader’s notebooks as a place to document their thinking and growth, to support their thinking for group discussions, and to explore their own ideas about a text without every entry being judged as evidence of their reading progress. Buckner describes her model as flexible enough for students to respond in a variety of ways yet structured enough to provide explicit instruction.

Notebook Connections leads teachers through the process of launching, developing, and fine-tuning a reader’s notebook program. Teacher-guided lessons in every chapter help students create anchor texts for their notebooks using various comprehension and writing strategies. As students become more proficient, they grow more independent in their thinking and responses and will begin to select the strategies that work best for them. In the process, the notebook becomes a bridge that helps students make connections between ideas, texts, strategies, and their work as readers and writers.

Notebook Connections, filled with lesson ideas and assessment tips, provides a comprehensive model for making reader’s notebooks the centerpiece of your reading workshop.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571107824
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 03/28/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 486,832
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 13 Years

About the Author

Aimee Buckner has been in education for more than twenty years. She thrives on the idea that teaching is about helping students develop intellectually, physically, and emotionally. The writer's notebook helps her carve out a place in the curriculum to allow students to truly be themselves and find their own voice. Aimee continues to consult both nationally and internationally as well as speak at state and national conventions. Aimee is a contributor to Choice Literacy and is the author of two other books with Stenhouse Publishers: Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook and Notebook Connections: Strategies for the Reader's Notebook.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 Reading, Writing, and Harvesting Hope 1

Chapter 2 Invitations: Getting to Know Students as Readers 13

Chapter 3 From Comprehension Strategies to Notebooks 37

Chapter 4 Reading Like a Writer 59

Chapter 5 Beneath the Story: Discovering Hidden Layers 87

Chapter 6 Assessment: A Tool for Teaching in the Now 113

Appendix 139

References 145

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