Lesson: Lesson 3: Taking Notes
Taking notes is an important skill for students. They need to learn to take notes from their reading, from their lectures, and from interviews. This lesson concentrates on taking notes from interviews. Students will be learning how to interview people and take accurate notes from those interviews.
The objectives are to teach students
Students need paper, pen or pencil or a computer.
A website called Inspiration is offering free beta services to schools. This software helps students organize their notes
Another good website is PiratePad at www.piratepad.net. Students can collaborate easily online.
See Note Taking handout in the Appendix
Note taking can continue for homework. Students can interview either on the computer or by phone and continue taking notes. Students should exchange email addresses and phone numbers.
Connections to Standards:
National Core Standards:
Comprehension and Collaboration
Number one problem with most students who take poor notes is poor listening skills. It is simply a matter of practice. It is good to give students multiple opportunities to take notes and to have someone verify their accuracy. One of the best parts of this lesson is that the student who is interviewed can check for accuracy of the notes instead of the teacher.
Time needed to teach:
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