Author Biographies

Jessica Horne is a 5th Grade teacher from Burke County, Georgia. She is a proud alumni of Augusta University where she received her BA, MAT, and EdS. Jessica has a deep interest in multicultural education and learning how to incorporate cultural equality into the American classroom.

Dr. Harper is an associate professor of literacy at Augusta University and is the author of two content literacy books. She is the Director of the Augusta University Writing Project.


Writing can be a challenge for students whose first language is not English. The number of English Language Learners in the United States is increasing exponentially year after year. Educators can easily find themselves overwhelmed and unsure how to help these students with their understanding and ease of use with English. ELLs may find it difficult to write in their non-native language. Due to this issue, these students can lack a sense of confidence in writing if they are not given the adequate support needed to achieve this task. The use of interactive notebooks is a simple, strategic tool to help guide and scaffold learning in the 21st century classroom in all subject areas.

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