Notebook Connections

Strategies for the Reader's Notebook

English language

Published Jan. 9, 2009 by Stenhouse Publishers.

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The question I grappled with was how to move students from “couch-potato” readers who can answer basic questions with one word–to readers who think while reading–to readers who think beyond their reading.

–Aimee Buckner

In Notebook Know-How, Aimee Buckner demonstrated the power of notebooks to spark and capture students’ ideas in the writing workshop. In Notebook Connections, she turns her focus to the reading workshop, showing how to transform those “couch-potato” readers into deep thinkers.

Buckner’s fourth-grade students use reader’s notebooks as a place to document their thinking and growth, to support their thinking for group discussions, and to explore their own ideas about a text without every entry being judged as evidence of their reading progress. Buckner describes her model as flexible enough for students to respond in a variety of ways yet structured enough to provide explicit instruction.

Notebook Connections leads teachers through the process of …


  • Reading comprehension
  • Note-taking -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
  • Children -- Books and reading
  • School notebooks