Notebook Pages: Making Thinking Visible

As I mentioned in my March 7th slice, I set a personal reading goal to read five ALA-award winning books in the third quarter (ALA awards include Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Pura Belpre, etc.). My goal looks like this:

Goal #2

I will read 5 award-winning books from the  2019 American Library Association (ALA) list in order to recommend books to students. Award winners are carefully reviewed and selected. To accomplish my goal, I will:

  1. Research the award winners
  2. Create a “to read” list
  3. Include variety — picture books, YA, middle grade
  4. Create a notebook page for each book

I am happy to report that I finished book number four this morning. The addition of a second reading goal this quarter has added motivation to read even more than I normally read.

But, a favorite part of my new reading goal is the commitment to create a reading notebook page for each book. As I read, I find myself considering what I might include in the notebook page. Thus, I am an extremely active, engaged reader.

Every couple weeks, my students have a day in class to read and create a notebook page. Leafing through student reading notebooks, I am struck by the variety of entries and the level of analysis. I tell my students it is not about beautiful art. I am not naturally artistic. Instead, the regular practice of making thinking visible DEEPENS the reader’s interaction with the text.

Here are my notebooks pages for the four ALA award winners I have read so far:





book of boy

16 thoughts on “Notebook Pages: Making Thinking Visible

  1. Your post reminds me about how important goal setting is. And your Darius page reminds me that I need to finish mine, too. So I guess peer pressure is important too! Thanks for sharing. I love how you embrace ideas by living them well.

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  2. You rock, Beth!! I absolutely love how you mark your pages while you read and then use the text as the basis for a deeper reflection. Your students benefit so much from your love of reading and learning!


  3. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    This is the second post I have read about reading notebooks. I am in awe! My copy of Darius arrived last week, so I am anxious to get to that one. Might have to strongly consider doing this.


    • Leigh Anne, I think you will enjoy Darius the Great. The story has so many wonderful elements — travel to Iran, father-son relationship, friendship and more. Reading notebook pages are changing the quality of conversation about reading in the classroom. I think you will love them!


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