This unit teaches students how to take notes from a lecture or from text. It includes seven lessons to teach what is necessary and what is not, how to use several graphic organizers, how to abbreviate, and how to write questions that count. Several blank graphic organizers are available for copying. It is an effective unit that is being used by my school district to teach note taking skills.


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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-07-02.

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Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This wonderful resource on teaching students how to take meaningful notes is well thought out and complete. Seven lessons guide students to discern important information from lecture and text, to use graphic organizers, to take shorthand of sorts and how to question. The teacher models paraphrasing, summarizing and using abbreviations; the students work collaboratively to create their own graphic organizers. Students also learn how to ask and write meaningful questions and use them in a game format. It has been suggested that a lesson on citing sources be incorporated into this unit.
Elly Faden
September 16, 2011

This is marvelous! May I recommend that it be included in a school-wide "Wiki." That way, teachers can share and update. For example, (if Diane B. were at the school) a librarian ccould add a section on "citing." I have blogged about creating a school-wide wiki at: http://schoodl.com/documentation-management/schools-documentation-architecture/

Thank you, Curriki: it's great to be able to share our creative resources here!

Karen Fasimpaur
June 14, 2010

This is a great resource. If we spent more time on skills like this, we would save ourselves a lot of time and have a better shot at having students with 21st century skills.

Diane B. NH HS Librarian
April 6, 2009

There is a lot of good thought that went into this series of lessons. I especially liked the section on abbreviations. One suggestion - somewhere along the process, I would like to see the addition of adding the source information as a part of note-taking. I realize that not all assignments are a part of a research project but when they are, it would be good to have students get in the habit of recording source information before they take notes. That way they have the source attached to the note and don't have to look for it later. It is a habit of the mind that should be encouraged.

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