I’m *very* excited to be linking up with Jennifer at 4mulaFun for her Interactive Notebook Linky Party!
Aaaand since I’m a double-dippin kinda gal I’m going to show you 5 of my interactive notebooking lessons, making this a great Five for Friday!
All of these ideas come from my Interactive Reading Literature Notebooks ~ Teaching Literary Elements for Common Core Grades 4-8. I hope you find some ideas that will work well for your own interactive notebooks!
First up is my favorite interactive notebook template for teaching Point of View.
Why is this one my favorite? Because I *actually* drew the windows and coverings myself! Yep, sure did! This one is quite simple and the students just write the point of view on the window covering and the definition underneath. I also like to have my students come back and write the titles of stories we read that go with each point of view later. Because this one is my very favorite, if you leave a comment below telling me whether you’ve done interactive notebooks in the past or are just thinking about implementing them next year, I’ll email you my blank window template for point of view! Be sure to include your email address in your comment if you’d like the template.
Next up is Theme.
I like to use the tree template first to define theme and later to determine the theme of a story. I really love the idea of using theme songs from television shows to teach this concept! (Thanks Kacey Potter for this idea!) The second tree shows analysis of the Full House theme song. In the trunk of the tree are the topics covered, in the branches is a theme statement, and in the leaves is evidence from the text that supports this theme.
Next up is Story Devices
Once again, this is just a fancy lift the tab to find the definition type of interactivity, but it helps my students remember what a story device is. They’ve all got devices, right? Simply write the name of the device on the outside and the definition on the inside of the tab. This activity includes foreshadowing, flashback, suspense, and cliffhanger.
Another one of my favorites – Characterization.
Just like the theme tree, the template on the left is simply a nice visual used to show how writers use indirect characterization to characterize their characters (thoughts, words, feelings, choices, and actions). On the right, students analyze a character by writing examples of those five things on the outside of the tab. On the inside, they write an inference made about the character based on what was written on the front of the tab.
And last but certainly not least, I want to share with you my Mood and Tone.
I’ve got a couple of Mood and Tone activities in this product, but this one is definitely my favorite. Oh, how I’ve struggled with teaching mood and tone! Honestly.. these are probably some of the most difficult concepts for me to teach. I love, love, LOVE this activity! It helps me to drive home with my students that TONE is writer-centered and MOOD is reader-centered when they have to look at these pictures and decide what the tone and mood are based on whether each is the face of the writer or the face of the reader.
I hope you find some of my ideas for teaching reading literature with interactive notebooks helpful! And if you’re thinking about using interactive notebooks next year, or just want to add to the toolkit you’ve already got, you can find all 22 of my lessons in my Interactive Reading Literature Notebooks in my TpT store.