The Five Phases of Focused Note-Taking
I. Taking Notes
Select a note-taking format, set up the note page, record the Essential Question, and take notes.
There are many different ways to take notes…
Page Set-Up (HEADING MUST BE IN INK)
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II. Processing Notes
Revise notes by underlining, highlighting, circling, chunking, adding, or deleting. Be able to identify main ideas and details. Evaluate the importance of information and ideas in notes.
You will be expected to…
- Vocabulary words are circled
- Main Ideas are highlighted or underlined
- Missing information is added in a different color
- Number the Main Ideas in importance
III. Connecting Thinking
Analyze the notes using inquiry to make connections and deepen content knowledge by asking questions and adding your own thinking to create greater understanding, identify gaps or points of confusion, and connect your new learning to what you already know.
You will be expected to write 2-4 Level 2 or Level 3 questions per side…
- That are possible test questions or
- Are about the notes or
- Are items you do not understand
IV. Summarizing and Reflecting
Pull together the most important aspects of your notes and your thinking about them to craft a summary that captures the meaning and importance of the content and reflects on how the learning helps you meet the note-taking objective
You will be expected to write one 2-4 sentence summary or reflection per set of notes
V. Applying Learning
Save and revisit your notes as a resource or learning tool to help you apply or demonstrate what you have learned.
Focused Note Taking Guide-What Level are You?
Focused Note Taking Grade Distribution
_____/1 Correct Heading which includes Name, Date, Subject (Not AVID), Period (1 point)
_____/1 Topic (1 point)
_____/1 Objective (1 point)
_____/1 Standard or Essential (1 point)
_____/2 Notes (1 full side of a page or 2 composition pages for a total of 2 points)
_____/2 Notes must be highlighted/underlined, circled, and possibly in different color (1 point)
_____/2 2-4 questions (Level 2 questions are worth 0.5 points a piece, Level 3 questions are worth 1 point a piece for a total of 2 points)
_____/1 2-4 sentence complete summary (1 point)
10/10-A+ 9/10-A- 8/10-B 7/10-C 6/10-D 5/10-F