Interactive Geography Notebook (IGN)


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What is the Interactive Geography Notebook (IGN)?
The Interactive Geography Notebook is a portfolio of the student's work in this class. The majority of the classwork is done in the IGN. It is worth at least 100 points each six weeks, which makes a significant impact on a student's grade.

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What is the purpose of the notebook?
The purpose of the notebook is to enable the students to become creative, independent thinkers and writers. Interactive notebooks will be used for class notes as well as for other activities where the students will be asked to express their own ideas and process information presented in this class.

What materials are needed?
* spiral notebook: spiral bound 11 x 8.5 inches with 100 pages
  • glue stick
  • colored pencils

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How should the notebook be organized?
The notebook should be organized into a Left Side and a Right Side.

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What goes on the right side of the notebook?
The right side of the notebook is for class and reading notes. As you take notes, structure them so that key ideas are clear and supported by examples from either class instructor, discussions, or reading assignments.

Key Terms
Key Terms

What goes on the left side of the notebook?
The left side of the notebook will be used for a variety of different activities. This side should be the place where all of the student's creative and artistic inklings come bursting forth. Left side activities will ask you to demonstrate your understanding of new ideas.

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How can you earn an "A" on your notebook?
Students who expect to earn an "A" or higher grade on the notebook will have to take time to consistently include extra work. "Time Out" activities are unassigned notebook entries which are completed in addition to regular class notebook assignments.

What is a "Time Out" activity?
Helpful websites for "Time Out" activities
A "Time Out" activity is one in which students paste related magazine, newspaper, or internet articles, pictures, or cartoons into their notebooks along with a three or four sentence summary of the material being added. A "Time Out" activity might also be original drawings. Whatever they paste or draw into their notebooks should relate to the discussions, readings, and activities completed for the class. "Time Out" activities can be included on either the Left or Right side of the notebook, wherever there is extra space. Sometimes individual pages will also be set aside for "Time Outs." Use "Time Outs" to sharpen the visual appearance of your notebook not to clutter it.

Current Table of Contents

Preview Activities

Process Activities: All process activities go below the preview question on the assigned pages (if there is a preview question assigned to that particular page).

Class Notes



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