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Effective note taking skills


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Students learn how to take good notes while reading both fiction and non fiction. Using proven techniques like the Frayer Model, Reciprocal Teaching, and thinking out loud, students learn how to organize, listen, increase vocabulary, stratgize and see cause and effect.

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Effective note taking skills

  1. 1.  Objectives:  To learn effective summary skills  To learn effective vocabulary building skills  To apply this knowledge for reading and written assignments
  2. 2.  There are many different strategies one may use when taking notes. Right now we are concerned with taking notes as we read text.
  3. 3.  One way to take good notes is to make a chart and organize the events in chronological order. You may even want to use one of many graphic organizers to help you.  Ask yourself as you read,  What do I see?  What do I hear?  What do I feel?  What do I touch/sense?
  4. 4.  Chunk the text. Don’t try and summarize everything all at once! Take a chunk and chew on it for a while.  Analyze the paragraph or section where a specific event takes place.  Make note of the character’s actions
  5. 5.  When something happens in a story or text, it happens for a reason. Look for the cause of the action. Write it down in your own words.
  6. 6.  As you take notes, it sometimes helps to remember that deleting unimportant words is a must! Just think for every word that you do not need and you use, you will have to pay a dollar to use it….you will be more attentive to which words you choose to keep and which to throw away.
  7. 7.  Read a paragraph  Ask the questions:  Who  What  When  Where  Why  How?  Now use 20 words to summarize.  This strategy will help you to pare down information to the bare basics.
  8. 8.  The acronym stands for  Survey  Question  Read  Recite  Review
  9. 9.  This strategy helps you, the reader, get involved in the book or text you are reading by having you write the things you would normally think of when you read to get information:  Predict what might happen next  Clarify any ambiguous terms or ideas  Question & Connect  Summarize the information
  10. 10.  /Comprehension/Recip%20Questioning%20- %20bookmark%201.pdf  /Comprehension/Recip%20Questioning%20- %20one%20sheet%20- %20portrait%20with%20connections.pdf
  11. 11.  This is one of the most overlooked, yet necessary piece of the reading puzzle. If you do not know a word, what do you do?  Do you skip it and go on?  Do you just guess at the meaning and hope it is right?  Do you take the time to write it down, look it up and learn to use it?
  12. 12.  If you do not know a word, you SHOULD find out what it means. Too many students, young and old, forget how important word meaning is to understanding text. Can you imagine reading instructions to build something you’ve always dreamed of having and not understanding the terms used to help you? You would not get very far. It is the same with reading and understanding.
  13. 13.  The Frayer Model of learning vocabulary encompasses the whole enchilada!
  14. 14.  Look at the template on the third page of the web site link to see how efficient and effective this model is!  Model.pdf
  15. 15.  Similar to the Frayer Model, this vocabulary learning strategy employs visual aids as well.  Click here for a template you can use.  es/lesson_images/lesson307/wordmap.pdf
  16. 16.  Between the strategies and the vocabulary aides, you should become experts at summarizing text and taking notes that are noteworthy!