Monday, December 10, 2012

An Example of Two Column Notes

I came across the following in a book I was reading recently.  I thought it looked like another way one might use two column notes in a classroom.

Use the following prompts to help students learn to think about what they are reading.  Have students divide their papers in half by drawing a vertical line down the middle of the page.  In the first column, ask students to respond to one or more prompts.  In the second column, ask students to elaborate on their response or answer the questions provided.  Allow students to share their responses in small groups after completing their charts.

What is important?

What is trivial?

What does the author say?

What does the author mean?

The heading for this section is

A better heading would be

The quote:

Makes me think:

The most important sentence in this section is:


This paragraph

Could be summarized as

The big idea is

The details are

The problem is asking me to

The most important words in this problem are

This concept

Looks like this (illustrate):

What the character did (summarized below)

Is/is now what I would have done because

This event

Is more significant than others because

This happened


I think the author has a bias


Lent, R. C. (2012) Overcoming textbook fatigue: 21st century tools to revitalize teaching and learning. ASCD: Alexandria, VA.

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