Call me, AJ!
That’s short for Academic Journal. I’m here to help you get organized!Use me to take notes in class and to keep track of your thinking. Keepup with me and be sure to take notesand write down information in class because you can use me on testsand quizzes!
Divide AJ into these sections using dividers or stickynotes:
1. Vocabulary - about 30 pages2. Class Notes - about 30 pages3. Strategies - about 30 pages4. Reflections - last 5 pages• What am I learning? (list)• What have I learned? (list)5. Books I Have Read (list) - last two pages
Here’s a little more about what to write ineach section:Vocabulary
word of the day notesword stormslanguage collectionsvocabutoonsword wall notes
• notes or writings about thebooks we read• notes about grammar or writing• think writes• notes on MLA format & citing sources• any notes that give you information
• any notes that tell you
dosomething• notes on how to visualize what you reador how to connect to what you read• notes on reading strategies (predictions,questions, connections, etc)• notes on writing strategies (brainstorming,selecting a topic, generating material, etc)
• Dear Mrs. S letters about what youhave learned• your thinking about your progress• two lists: What am I learning? and What have I learned?
Books I Have Read
• Keep a running list of all the booksthat you finish reading on your own this schoolyear. Remember my expectation is 25 booksfor the year!
I want my student learners to . . .
• develop a rich word bank • develop a sense of word play• practice a variety of word attack strategies• feel safer during tests (less test anxiety)• internalize how to prepare for tests• practice a variety of writing strategies: pre-writing, brainstorming, outlining, etc.• internalize a variety of note taking skills• develop a sense of discovery• note and practice reading strategies• build a strategies reference bank for themselves• write, write, and write some more• develop writing fluency• practice self-assessment and self-questioning• practice recording their own learning
?When I look at students’ AJs, I . .
notice what they do spontaneously.
Do they spontaneously write down headings fortheir notes?
Or do I need review organization tips.
Do they write in “note shorthand”?
Or do I need to scaffold their note taking bycolor coding what I put up for them?
they refer to their AJs for answers?
Or are they still dependent upon me?
look for patterns.
What kinds of notes/words are they actuallywriting down?What more do they need?Are they reading different genres?Are they able to write about their own learning?Do they use the language of the state standards intheir reflections? What kinds of “teacher-language” have they internalized?
C l i p a n d P a s t e i n t h e f r on t c o v e r of y o ur A J !