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Strategy #5: Structured notetaking

When assigning a reading, provide students with a four-columned chart--or have them create this themselves. The columns will help them create good notes they can use for review. Suggest they annotate the text first with these ideas in mind.

Citation:

Main ideas

Explanatory information

Support

Connect

(what are the big ideas of the reading?)

(how are the main ideas explained?)

(how are the main ideas supported? statistics, examples, testimonies, etc.)

(how does this connect to other ideas/readings from the course, answer questions you have, or relate to personal experiences?)

After reading a section or chapter, they should then fill in the chart. Model this with them in class early in the semester. These can be completed in a reading journal, shared in class, or posted online.

Please click the Document icon to download the table in Microsoft Word Format.

Document Icon - Structured Notetaking Table in Word Document