Interactive Notebook Left Side
Student created left side activities are what make the notebook "interactive."  The purpose of a left side activity
in the Interactive Notebook is to encourage students to revisit content recorded on each right side activity or
notes.  If completed systematically, the Notebook left sides will cause students to study and review material in a
much more effective manner.  

Students have free range to design each left side as they choose.  
Each right side page must have an
accompanying left side application activity.

There are some guidelines to keep in mind when creating a left side application activity:

 A left side activity is usually designed and created by the student.  It is usually NOT assigned specifically by
the teacher.  

2. In a given unit of study, students cannot repeat more than two kinds of left side application activities.  This
means that there cannot be, for example, more than two different left side Venn Diagrams or two processed
Internet articles or two illustrated pictures used for left sides in that particular unit.  Students are shown
examples of a wide variety of application activities.  

3.  By definition, an application activity means that content or skills recorded on the right side must be applied
or combined with other concepts previously learned and not a simple repetition of content from the right side.  
See the examples below to see what applied means vs what isn't or what is processed vs what isn't.

4. For pictures, articles, or political cartoons taken from the Internet or other sources, these must have
handwritten summaries where students relate the picture to a concept or concepts from the right side activity.  
Simply cutting and pasting pictures will not earn any left side points when the notebook is checked.

5. Any picture, political cartoon, article not created by the student (taken from a source) for a left side activity,
requires a correctly formatted MLA citation beneath the activity.   
Left Side – student input/application
  • Reorganize new information in
    creative formats
  • Express opinions and feelings
  • Explore connections to what has
    been learned
  • Apply skills learned (diagrams,
    analogies, political cartoons)
  • see examples below
Right Side – teacher input
  • Title and Unit pages
  • Unit Assignment Calendars
  • Class, reading, and
    discussion notes
  • Informative Handouts
  • Essays
  • Personal Responses
What are examples of unassigned, left-side work?  
Venn Diagram                        Word Gram                Mind Notes                Map                   Concept Web       
Chart/Graph                           Timeline                    Cause/Effect Charts   Drawn/ClipArt    Metaphors          
Flow Charts                            Connect to Today     Personal Responses  Processed Article        
Illustrated Proverbs                Poem                        Comic Strips               Political Cartoon         
Illustrated Definitions              Essay                        Point of View              Pictoword
Mind or Thinking Notes
Map with Descriptions
Illustrated Definition
Point of View of a Concept