The first step -- and the most fun one -- is to get the students to create their covers and tabs. I will print off a title page for them, or they can get creative and make their own. You can click on any of these images to see my instructions for making the covers, wrapping them in packing tape for added protection, and creating tabs to keep everything all organized.
The next step is adhering the pages inside the journal. I will give the students a list that explains the order I want the pages to appear, as well as where to affix their tabs. I will ask them to leave a few blank pages between each section, as some of them will need more space.
Next week my pre-IB students will put together their first one for independent reading, and later they will make one for A Separate Peace and To Kill a Mockingbird. I'm excited about the possibilities. Most of all I'm excited about that high I mention, the one I get when I try something new.
You can check out my Reader's Notebooks here:
Notebook for Any Text
To Kill a Mockingbird
A Separate Peace