Interactive Notebooks: Literature

Y'all week one was TOUGH for me. I'm sorry that I didn't get this posted sooner, but I've been riding the struggle bus for about two weeks now. Ok, I'm done with my excuses, here's the content. :)

Back to Interactive Notebooks for High School English. Five down, four to go. We've looked at the person, skills, content, informational texts (article of the week), and reading response sections. The next section up is literature. This section really is the meat of our notebook.

The literature section is where we keep all of the research, information, assessments, and responses to the literature that we study in class. Sometimes, the content in this section is a graphic organizer, and sometimes it's a set of research outlines that have been sized down to fit in our notebook.

This is a graphic organizer I gave my students at the beginning of our "Of Mice and Men" unit. It has four different aspects of background information (sociologist, historian, biographer, and ). Student were in groups, researched their aspect of the background/time period, created a short presentation, and presented it to their peers. Each student took notes from the other groups' presentations.

This is an assignment that my intern taught during the "OMAM" (Of Mice and Men) unit. She just made a handout that has a double door flap with a picture on top. She taught a lesson on characterization; they had to put three pieces of textual evidence to support indirect characterization on the outside of the flap and five pieces of textual evidence to support direct characterization underneath the flaps.

This little chart is what my students use to plan their lit circles. They each get a chart that has all the jobs listed in each column; they decide who is going to start with each job and continue to work their way down their column as the unit progresses.

This is a booklet that I made from Got to Teach's Critical Thinking Literature Circles. It is a fabulous resources and really elicits some great thinking, responses, and conversations from my students. It has quite a few job options. We use five of the options in my class, so our booklet is five pages long. Printing and assembling it as a booklet ensures that all of our literature circle responses and notes stay in one spot.

Other things that I include that aren't pictured (yet), are interactive notebook literature activities. These are interactive notebook manipulatives that require students to apply the content of the novel to a specific layout. Here goes a shameless Tracee Orman plug. Her resources for this are fantastic. I'm no sponsored or endorsed by her; I just love her stuff.

Here are two examples of resources made by Tracee Orman that are included in our literature section. These resources are aligned to common core standards. They are sorted by and show how each foldable is aligned to a specific standard. This means that if you need to cover a specific standard, you can just scroll to that standard and choose a foldable that applies.

This resource allows students to apply a variety of content to the materials they're engaging with. This is the bundle, but she also offers these individually: plot, theme, story elements, figurative language, and vocab. They're also wonderful to use as sub plans ;)

There are obviously other assignments and activities that can go in this section: chapter summary responses, chapter question responses, close reading passages (I just copy my poem or passage onto a sheet that will fit into our notebook, and we complete all of the annotations right on the paper.), critical thinking assignments/questions/responses, and so much more. 

This section is usually 40+ pages in length. This year's literature section starts on page 81 and ends of page 124. That should give you idea about the amount of content we put in this section. If you need to, you can subdivide this section into units that you teach. That would keep all of your literary content in one place and still keep it organized. 

As usual, if you have questions, comments, concerns, suggestions, or anything else, leave me a comment below and let me know. I'd love to help you out in your quest to implement interactive notebooks in your class.

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We've only got three more sections to go. Next time? The writing section!

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  1. Thank you so much for posting all of these. I know you've already started school, but I appreciate these so, so much.

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