Thursday, November 19, 2015

KTL Newsletter 3 - Two Column Notes

I hope you have all had the opportunity to use Two Column Note-taking in your classes.  I find it to be a wonderful tool to help students organize their thinking about specific content in readings, lectures, videos and media presentations. 

You can use Two Column Note-Taking in a number of ways. Here are just a few ideas if you want to spice things up:      

  • Important quotations  / meaning of that quotation
  • Pro argument / Con argument
  • Facts / opinions
  • Argument / supporting evidence
Helpful hints to give students:

  • Omit small, unnecessary words
  • Keep the meaning clear
  • Don't write full sentences (abbreviate)
  • Not all paragraphs have new main ideas
  • Not all paragraphs have new details
  • Some paragraphs have implied main ideas and require more time to identify
  • The more room you leave, the easier it is to edit
  • Details should be recorded in same order as found in reading

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