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  • Note taking is an important skill to develop– focus on your thesis statement (it should not be too broad- give counterpoints/argument)
  • Ask questions what I want to know? As your research leads you to the answers write them on the legs.
  • The ladder represents the steps to for note taking- starting with direct quotes (cut & paste), paraphrasing and summarizing the closer you are to the ground the closer you are to the original text.
  • Quotations are word for word copies (copy and paste) So if you have 100 sentences in your paper only 10 should be direct quotes.
  • When paraphrasing you must change the vocabulary and the order of ideas. It is a detailed restatement focusing on one topic.
  • Information that is common knowledge does not need to be cited.
  • An outline is the framework or skeleton of your paper
  • Guidelines Note taking

    1. 1. Guidelines for Writing Your Thesis Paper Part Two-Note Taking Mrs. Ligo Library Media Specialist Bayshore Middle School
    2. 2. Note taking
    3. 3.  Note taking is an important skill to develop.  While you are reading take careful notes.  Focus on your thesis statement.  Organize your thoughts by creating several main ideas or topic sentences for each paragraph.  Common knowledge information does not have to be cited. Note taking
    4. 4.  What questions to you have about your subject  Focus on answering the questions- Note taking What? Why? When? How? Where?
    5. 5. Tools to Use  3 x 5 Note Cards  Web Tools (such as EasyBib or NoodleTools)  Idea/mind mapping strategies Note taking
    6. 6. Organize Your Ideas Research Topic Answer Gaines; Ace Your Research Paper (p21) Note taking
    7. 7. Summarizing Paraphrasing Quotations Note taking
    8. 8. Quotations  Quotations are original phrases or passages from a book, article, poem etc.  Use quotes for persuasion or to point out specific facts  Do not overuse quotes- only 10% of your paper should include direct quotes. Note taking
    9. 9. Example of a quote: “…so it goes with Agent Orange, a potent herbicide used as a defoliant during the Vietnam War. The U.S. military deployed almost 20 million gallons (76 millions liters) of herbicides from 1962 to 1971 [source: Veterans Administration]. Among these substances, Agent Orange was the most used herbicide, around 11 million gallons (42 million liters) deployed from January 1965 through April 1970.” (Silverman 1-2) Note taking
    10. 10. A paraphrase is… Your own rendition of essential information and ideas presented in a new form. Note taking
    11. 11. 4 Steps to Effective Paraphrasing 1. Reread the original passage until you understand its full meaning 2. Set the original aside and without looking at it write a paraphrase 3. Check your original with the paraphrase to make sure your information is accurate but do not copy word for word 4. Record the source & page numbers on your notecard 1. Note taking
    12. 12. Example of paraphrasing Between 1962 and 1971, US Forces sprayed nearly 20 million gallons of a toxic herbicide in Vietnam, more than one half was a chemical nicknamed “Agent Orange.” (Silverman 1-2) Note taking
    13. 13. Summarizing  A summary is a short overview written in your own words.  Includes only the main ideas.  Is shorter than a paraphrase. Note taking
    14. 14. Example of a Summary Between 1965 and 1970, 11 million gallons of Agent Orange were sprayed in Vietnam. Note taking
    15. 15. Creating Note Cards Between 1965 and 1970, 11 million gallons of Agent Orange were sprayed in Vietnam. Agent Orange- History Silverman,J.; Use of Agent Orange & It’s Effects,5/09 Pgs. 1-4 Heading Page Number Author,Article or Book Title & Date One fact Note taking
    16. 16. Web Tools Note taking
    17. 17. Creating an Outline I. Introduction/Thesis Statement II. History of Agent Orange a. Uses / time period b. Manufacturer III. Chemical Warfare/Vietnam a. Decision b. Usage IV. Effects a. Human life b. Environment V. Debate VI. Conclusion Note taking
    18. 18. Final Draft  Write, Reflect, Revise  Write again, Reflect again, Revise again Note taking
    19. 19. Bibliography Bentley, Nancy. Don't Be a Copycat!: Write a Great Report without Plagiarizing. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Elementary, 2008. Print. Gaines, Ann. Ace Your Research Paper. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2009. Print. "Purdue OWL: Paraphrase Exercises." Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL). Web. 07 Feb. 2012. <>. Revisions. Digital image. Click 2 Apr. 2010. Web. 11 Feb. 2012. <>. Silverman, Jacob. "How Agent Orange Worked" 04 November 2008. < orange.htm> 11 February 2012. Terban, Marvin. Ready! Set! Research! New York: Scholastic, 2007. Print. Note Taking