Note-Taking Tips, Practice and Modeling Lesson Objective: To practice listening and taking notes for information and understanding.
Aim: To employ the basic principles of note taking.
ELA Standard: 10th Grade Writing Performance Indicator: Standard 1:Students will read, listen, and speak for information and understanding (Take notes and organize information from written and oral texts, such as lectures and interviews).
Materials: Handout on note taking principles, sample handout of teacher-created notes (teacher should create handwritten notes in an effort to mimic students’ condition), “Disappearing Ink” by Todd Gitlin to be distributed for homework, note-taking rubric and two short essays for reading aloud in class, “The Case for Short Words” and “Be Specific,” both available in Models for Writers: Short Essays for Composition (this lesson can work with any short essays, lectures, articles, speeches, etc. These two essays are provided purely as possible samples.)