"Reading is oxygen for a student's future success." -Penny Kittle
So, what's a Thinkbook?
Your Thinkbook is the HEART of our class; it's a place for you to house all of our thoughts, ideas, and notes about reading and writing. It's a place for you to put your bad writing - yes, I want you to have BAD writing! Bad writing is still full of great ideas and places for revision. I love looking back at my sketches, storyboards, and notes of writing pieces that became something amazing. They always start with random scratches on a page and your Thinkbook is where those things will go this year.
We'll draft, doodle, and take tons of notes in your Thinkbook. In addition to your writing ideas, you'll hold your notes and anchor charts here. Your Thinkbook will become a personally designed textbook that will be referenced often in class as we learn the habits and skills of good writers and readers. We also hope you take it with you as you go on to your high school English classes - it's an invaluable tool! Rather than a company of people you don't know making your textbook, we'll make it together in your Thinkbook. It's the HEART of our class and the place for you to think as you write. You'll love it!
Update Your Table of Contents
Your Table of Contents will keep you organized for when you need to reference your notes, drafts, writing ideas, and anchor charts. You'll use them all the time.
Update your Table of Contents everyday! At the beginning of the year, I will model this for you in my own ThinkBook. This will help you find things easily when you need to reference them later!
Each titled page needs to be noted. Even if you add a page that we don't "officially" put in during class, title it, number it and note it in your Table of Contents.
What Should I Keep?
Keep everything! If there's anything you can't fit or do not want to put in your ThinkBook, put it into a three-ring binder specifically designated for Language Arts. You need to know where everything is! Bring a binder for longer texts and handouts in addition to your Thinkbook EVERY DAY!
Keep poems, keep articles, keep images, keep exit slips, keep things Mrs. Simmons returns to you! The awesome thing is that at the end of the year, you'll have a notebook FULL of resources for you to use as you move onto 9th grade. And it won't be a boring textbook - it's something YOU created for YOU to use! How amazing is that?!
Cut and glue in any handouts you get during class. You may have to use more than one page for a handout, and that's okay! (Be sure to put the title of the handout in the Table of Contents!)
Whenever you put a handout or printed text in your ThinkBook, you should be annotating and writing all over it! Use the margins and the space between the lines to notice, note, draw arrows, and images that help you understand the text. You should be able to revisit your pages and remember the conversation we have in class we have in class or remember your thoughts as you read the piece. We should be able to "see" your thinking.