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7th Grade Language Arts / Lesson 1.1: Effective Note Taking

Skills for Success

 What will we be learning?


  • In this unit, we are going to learn new study skills and practice some old ones.

Tips to Make Note Taking Easier & More Effective

What supplies do I need for note-taking?


  • Binder & loose-leaf notebook paper with dividers for each subject
  • Spiral binder with dividers for each subject

  • Pencil or pen

When Should I Take Notes?


    1. When reading Lessons like this one.

    2. When reading textbooks or photocopied reading materials.

    3. When a teacher or an educational aid is helping you with your work or explaining something you don't understand.

How Should I Take Notes?

               Starting Out


    1. Use a fresh sheet of paper for each subject everyday. Write the name of the subject, the     topic, the date, and the page number at the top of the paper.

    2. Write clearly and leave lots of blank space in the margin or between ideas.
        You can add more information later.

    3. Write on only one side of the paper.

    4. Don't write down everything, but try to get the main ideas.

    5. Underline or put a star next to really important ideas.

How Should I Take Notes?

     Starting Out (Continued)


    6.  Use Abbreviations

    a) Abbreviations are shortened forms of words.

    b) Using abbreviations will save time.

    c) Common Abbreviations

    = means equals or is
    e.g. = for example
    w/ = with
    w/o = without
    & or + = and
    @ = at

How Should I Take Notes?

     Starting Out (Continued)


    7.Include information from the Lesson.

    8. Listen or look for words that tell you information is important.

    9.  Look for or listen for clues that tell you how many details will be listed.

    10. Put a question mark by things you don't understand. Get help or look it up later.

How Should I Take Notes?

Notes from Textbooks

  • You will have digital (on-line) textbooks or photocopied stories and reading materials.

    1. Begin by looking for heading & subheadings

       a)Put the main ideas in your own words.

       b) Don't try to write down every word in the textbook!

    2. Look for vocabulary words, words in bold type, and words in italics.

    3. Look for charts, graphs and illustrations to help you to understand the ideas better.
        Include sketches in your notes.


Review Your Notes


  • Review notes after class or after reading while your memory is still fresh

    1. Be sure you have included main ideas and important information.

    2. Star, underline or highlight main ideas.

    3. Be sure you have included some examples or details to help you understand the main ideas.

  • Have you taken notes on this information?

  • Tomorrow we will learn some comprehension techniques for reading textbooks.