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Cornell Notes

How did you learn the skill of note taking? How did this skill contribute to your success? Quickwrite Questions: The Hidden Curriculum

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Why take notes? Cornell note taking stimulates critical thinking skills. Note taking helps students remember what is said in class. A good set of notes can help students work on assignments and prepare for tests outside of the classroom.

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Good notes allow students to help each other problem solve. Good Notes help students organize and process data and information. Helps student recall by getting them to process their notes 3 times. Why take notes? Writing is a great tool for learning!

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History of Cornell Notes Developed in 1949 at Cornell University by Walter Pauk. Designed in response to frustration over student test scores. Meant to be easily used as a test study guide. Adopted by most major law schools as the preferred note taking method.

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First & Last Name Class Title Period Date Topic Questions, Subtitles, Headings, Etc. Class Notes 2 1/2” 3 to 4 sentence summary across the bottom of the last page of the day’s notes

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Summary is added at the end of ALL note pages on the subject (not at the end of each page) Summary added AFTER questions are finished

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Example (Diagram copied during lecture) (Questions about it ) How do the ticks find the cattle? Why don’t the ticks usually kill their host? How could tick infestations in cattle impact humans?

Practice Time Let’s get out a sheet of Cornell note paper and get ready to practice the skill.

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Assignment & Instructions In the large, right hand column, take notes like you normally would. You may use any style of note-taking you wish: outline format, narrative format, symbols, short hand, etc.

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Compare notes with a partner. Talk about what you wrote and why. Look for gaps & missed info. Both partners should feel free to add to their notes. Assignment & Instructions

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With your partner(s), create questions in the left hand column. These questions should elicit critical thinking skills. Levels 3 through 6 in Bloom’s Taxonomy. Assignment & Instructions

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1. KNOWLEDGE: recalling information 2. COMPREHENSION: understanding meaning 3. APPLICATION: using learning in new situations 4. ANALYSIS: ability to see parts & relationships 5. SYNTHESIS: Use parts to create a new whole 6. EVALUATION: judgment based on criteria Brief Review of Bloom's Taxonomy

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Your questions should reflect: Info you don’t understand or want to discuss with your teacher/tutor. Info you think would go good on an essay test. Gaps in your notes. Assignment & Instructions

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On your own, in the space provided at the bottom of the page, complete a 3 or 4 sentence summary of what you wrote in your notes. (the summary…) Assignment & Instructions

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What goes where? Notes go here, in the large right hand column. Questions, subtitles, etc. go here, in the left hand column. Remember, we want higher level critical thinking questions. A 3 to 4 sentence summary down there on the bottom of the last page of notes Don’t forget the heading: Name, Class, Period, Date, Topic

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In the right sleeve of your packet: Basic Cornell Notes Instruction Sheet Progression Samples

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Grading Rubric

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(Overview: quickly scan) (Establish a purpose) (to answer questions) (answers to questions with the book closed) (Take notes!) (at short intervals) SQ4R-Writing to Learn

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Learning Logs A writing technique to help focus on what you are learning in class. Writing in your learning log is a great way to use writing as a process of discovery and for clarification of ideas.

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Note Taking Tips Speaker says: “Hippocrates, a Greek who is considered to be the Father of modern medicine, was Born on the island of Cos in 460 B.C.” Notes say: “Hippocrates (Gr.) Father of med. B. Cos 460BC”

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Designed by Paul Bullock Senior Program Specialist & Anne Maben AP Science Coach

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