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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  • Grade 6
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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

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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)…
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…
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…

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