Writing Interactive Notebooks | Brainstorming Prewriting


These writing interactive notebooks are perfect for prewriting, brainstorming, and drafts during writing lessons and centers!


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20 Interactive Notebooks


Are you looking for writing interactive notebooks to help your students plan their opinion writing, narrative writing, “how to” writing, informational writing, or paragraph writing?


Are you looking for a way to make your writing lessons more engaging?

These hands-on activities are perfect for helping students with the all important planning stage of writing. They are interactive, which is perfect for reluctant writers. Say goodbye to lined paper and worksheets. THIS is the way to engage your writers!


The pre-writing stage is such a crucial first step in the writing process. It’s so important for students to brainstorm and organize their thoughts and ideas before they start writing. Each of the interactive notebooks in this resource allow students to effectively plan and organize their ideas in a systematic way before beginning to create their writing piece.


⭐ What is included in this set of brainstorm interactive notebooks for narrative, opinion, how-to & informational writing?

There are 20 notebooks:

  • 5 narrative writing interactive notebooks (e.g., characters, setting, problem, solution, beginning, middle, end)
  • 5 opinion writing interactive notebooks (e.g., opinion, reasons, examples)
  • 5 informational writing interactive notebooks (e.g., facts, supporting details)
  • 2 ‘how to’ writing interactive notebooks (e.g., steps, first, then, next, last)
  • 3 paragraph writing interactive notebooks (e.g., topic sentence, supporting details, closing sentence)


⭐ These writing interactive notebooks have lots of uses within your writing lessons –

  • Some of them are ideal for the brainstorming, planning, prewriting stage
  • Some of them are great for first drafts or short writing pieces
  • Some of them teach certain concepts (such as paragraph writing)


⭐ This resource has differentiation!

Yep, that’s right. You can give the more simple 2 part notebooks to some students and 5 part notebooks to others. For example, one student can just be sharing their opinion and one reason, while another can be sharing their opinion, three reasons, and a conclusion!


Even if you want to give all of your students the same notebook, it’s great that they increase in difficulty. At the beginning of the school year or writing unit, you can start with an easier notebook. You can then progress through to more complicated ones.


⭐ These interactive writing notebooks are ideal for:

  • Whole group writing lessons
  • Writer’s workshop (the prewrite stage of the writing process)
  • Small group work (literacy or writing centers)
  • Activity for a sub


There are 20 notebooks that cover so many writing genres! This is bang for your buck as this resource can be used ALL year long!



  • An instruction page (with pictures) is included so that you and your students know how to create the notebooks.
  • These activities can be printed on colored paper or white paper.
  • Cute clip art is included for students to color in.


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