Note-Taking Supporting Your Students


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Note-Taking


Note-taking

  • Note-taking is a way of recording key information and details from a reading or from class.



Why Teach Note-Taking?

  • Note-taking can help students

  • remember important facts and details from a reading.

  • It can help students think through important information until they truly understand it.



  • Good readers take notes before,

  • during, and after reading a selection.

  • Good readers watch for important

  • parts of the text and write them down.

  • Good readers review their notes later.



It’s in the Outcomes!

  • e.g. Grade 7 SCO 8.3

  • - understand that note-taking is purposeful ( e.g. personal use, gathering information for an assignment, recording what has happened and what others have said) and many forms, (e.g. lists,

  • summaries, observations, and descriptions)



“It is critical to support learners through the learning process and gradually release responsibility to them.”



Types of Note-taking



5 W’s and H organizer



Summary Notes

  • Chapter 3 - Settlement Patterns

  • Main Idea:

  • Most of Canada’s population patterns are based on the interaction of history and culture with the land.

  • Nova Scotia and New Brunswick:

  • Based on first nation communities that were already there.

  • Maliseet and Mi’kmaq communities.

  • North:

  • Coastal and migrated with the caribou herds.

  • European settlers/traders were attracted to each site and what it offered.

  • Fishing and farming communities were established around waterways.

  • Seigneurial System:

  • Long narrow lots along the river

  • Quebec area

  • Township System:

  • Square blocks about 100 acres

  • Ontario area



Timeline or Sequence Notes

  • Good for remembering a series

  • of events



Key Word or Topic Notes



Double Entry Journal



Cornell Note Taking



Good Note-taking Habits

  • Label! Label, Label!

  • Loads of Tools!

  • Color! Color! Color!

  • Picture this!

  • Keep it together!

  • Review! Reread! Revisit!



Label! Label, Label!

  • Encourage students to put their

  • name, date, and topic on every note.

  • Promote writing on one side of

  • paper and number each page.

  • Suggest including teacher’s name and

  • subject, if it helps them remember better.



Loads of Tools!

  • Have lots of lined and plain paper, notebooks, pencils, pens, cards, stickies- whatever works best.

  • Keep all supplies in a central, well organized area.

  • Give students choice in the materials they use

  • Require a new sheet of paper for each note-taking activity.



Picture this!

  • Encourage your students to:

  • Draw pictures to help them understand.

  • Use symbols or icons along the side of their page.

  • Underline, capitalize, indent.

  • Draw boxes, circles, arrows to highlight important points.

  • Get the big picture first – then fill in the details.



Color! Color! Color!

  • Help your students make their notes come alive.

  • -Use highlighters, colored pencils,

  • markers to help important details

  • jump off the page.

  • -Use color to help sort and organize

  • similar details, to compare and

  • contrast, and emphasize important

  • points.

  • -Use colored paper to differentiate

  • between themes, subjects, and

  • headings.



Keep it together!



Review, Reread, Revisit

  • Encourage your students to:

  • -Review what they have written to see if it

  • makes sense.

  • -Reread their notes (out loud) to see if they have a

  • better understanding of what they are

  • learning.

  • -Revisit their notes regularly to reinforce

  • their learning.




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