Notice & Note: Student Bookmarks

Hello my dear friends! I'm stopping by to share a little something I've made for my students...


And I hope it's something your students can use as well!

This past summer I read Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading. Have you ever read a book where you find yourself constantly nodding your head and agreeing? Or saying "oh my gosh!! I needed this LAST year!". 

This is one of those books.

The authors, Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst have identified six major "signposts" we see so often in children's/young adult literature. From "Words of the Wiser" (where an older character offers advice to the main character) to "Aha Moments" (where the main character suddenly realizes something important)--all of those key moments in a text that our students tend to breeze right past while reading.

At each signpost, students learn to stop and ask themselves a key question. These questions are designed to help students make inferences, determine theme, discover the conflict, and so much more.

The best part?

It is SO simple. Six signposts. Six questions. Yet applicable to all student texts.

The students catch on very quickly and begin to make signpost observations and ask these questions right away, thanks to this simplicity. And it makes it so easy to start "creating a habit of mind" as the authors say, to help students notice and read closely in all texts they encounter.

My 5th graders and I have been going through the introductory lessons so far and I'm looking forward to sharing much more as we learn to read closely together.

Today, I wanted to share the bookmarks I'll be giving my students this week...please click on the image below to download them:
http://bit.ly/signpostbookmark
(there are two versions...I'm using just "Contradictions" in my class, but I included the "Contrasts and Contradictions" bookmark as well)

I also have matching anchor chart printables to share, if you are interested in those...just let me know and I will share them here in the next blog post.

Have you read Notice and Note yet? Have you used these strategies in your class? We would love to hear what you have learned!

33 comments

  1. Thank you so much, Kristen!!! I use Notice and Note in my middle school classes. I was lucky enough to meet Kylene and Bob through a two day district training. They are truly amazing. We have learned four out of six of the signposts! I would LOVE a copy of the anchor charts!!!

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    1. That is awesome, what a training that must have been!! We are at the same point...four out of the six so far! I will be back to share the anchor chart materials...hopefully soon this time ;)

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  2. Thank you for this! I just love new ways to get my students engaged with their reading, all while using critical thinking! I would be very interested in the matching anchor chart printables if you would be so kind to share. Thanks for all you do!

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    1. Thanks for leaving this lovely comment Catherine! I will definitely share the anchor chart materials soon :)

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  3. I had already pinned this for later before I realized you were generously offering this as a freebie! Thank you so much - I can't wait to try it out. I'll keep a lookout for the anchor charts.
    Jen :)

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  4. I love this book! Thanks so much for the freebie! I would love the matching anchor charts, and to hear more about how this is going in your room. I'm implementing it now too and don't have anyone to talk to about it.

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    1. Thanks DeLaina! I know exactly what you mean, I'm the only one trying this right now--it would be lovely to to talk to you about it! I will share more as soon as I can :)

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  5. This is awesome! I have heard some buzz about the Notice and Note book but haven't read it myself. I would love a copy of the anchor chart! mrsruffin924@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks so much Monica! I will be sharing them here on my blog soon :)

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  6. Thanks, Kristin! We used the signposts in our launching unit in September, and I found it really gave the kids a way to talk and write about text in a deeper way. Anything you want to share related to them would thrill me!
    The Wild Rumpus 

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    1. Thanks, you are always so sweet!!!!

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  7. Thanks for sharing! I'd also like a copy of the anchor charts. tyan@skylineschool.org

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    1. Thanks Terri, I will share them on the blog soon!

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  8. I will be using the lessons from that book this quarter and these bookmarks are perfect. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Marlene, I'm delighted to hear you can use them :)

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  9. Thought I'd go ahead and comment on your blog as well just how much I like your work, and love your bookmarks. I'd love to see the anchor charts as well! Rayda Reed

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    1. Thanks again Rayda, I really am touched by your words! I will be sharing the anchor chart printables on here soon :)

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  10. I'd love a copy of the anchor chart as well. These bookmarks are beautiful. penrodh@wpsd.net

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    1. Thanks Helen! I will share them on here soon!

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  11. This is awesome Kristen - thank you! I shared the link to this blog post on my FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/RipperResources

    Do you think you could edit it with Aussie spelling e.g. just the word "realisation"? I would love to use these (kyjac.1995@gmail.com) - they are sooo attractive :)

    Kylie
    http://ripperresources.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Thank you for sharing Kylie! I just sent you an email :)

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  12. Love these!!! Thank you so much for sharing. What a wonderful idea!
    A Touch of Class

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  13. These are absolutely fabulous, Kristen! Thank-you so much for sharing with all of us.

    Runde's Room

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  14. Oh so excited for these bookmarks!! LOVE them so!
    Thank you!
    Carmen

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  15. I loved teaching the signposts last year. They really seemed to help the students read in a deeper way. I haven't introduced them yet this year b/c ⅔ of my class have learned about them and ⅓ hasn't! Not sure how to go about it this year. When I do introduce them, I will definitely use your bookmarks as they are so beautiful!

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  16. I haven't heard of this book, but I am definitely ordering it. I am always looking for ways to improve guided reading and close reading. I would love to see the anchor charts!

    Mandy
    Caffeine and Lesson Plans

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  17. Those bookmarks are beautiful! You have such a great eye for design. :)

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  18. Thank you for offering this free resource for teachers! ~Shelly
    Promoting Success Blog

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  19. You make me want to read the book. I love your items :) Thank you & YES to the anchor charts please!

    Leanna
    A Little of LiLi

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  20. Thank you! I am adding that book to my reading list!

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