Reporter's Notebook
Connections and Extension

When using the Reporter's Notebook, you may want to have students carry out the routine individually on paper first and then use the Think/Pair/Share routine. Use the board to capture ideas and clarify thoughts on the grid of the “notebook” in a whole group discussion. Students can also create individual reporter’s notebooks to keep track of their own developing ideas.

Extend the routine by asking students to “become reporters” and quickly summarize Clear Facts after reading a passage in a text, or ask kids to practice using their “best judgements” to hypothesize and make guesses.

As a follow up activity, Facts and Thoughts that need to be checked can be collected and organized into a list for future discussions, projects or homework. If topic of discussion is going to be worked on for a while, leave the list up and edit it as necessary. Another possibility is to ask students to write an article based on their notes. Students can choose to write factual newspaper articles or opinionated editorials. Publish them for the class if possible and then compare and contrast how the various types of articles can persuade or inform an argument.