ERIC Number: ED209648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Method for Taking Structured Notes from Textbooks.
Paulson, Peter L.
A method for taking structured notes from textbooks uses a set of forms applicable to the texts in almost any content area. The two major goals of this method are using all parts of the textbook chapter and placing all parts of a chapter in context. The structured notes both focus on the content and force the students to synthesize and paraphrase. The forms call for a written response to each part of the chapter and make it easier to see how one part is related to the next by condensing concepts. The form for the chapter introduction includes spaces for the title, main idea, and minor ideas. There is a separate sheet for each subheading, which includes spaces for the main idea and five supporting points. Students also note the illustrations, writing an explanation of the tie between the illustration and the point of the text it illustrates, and list new vocabulary. A third sheet provides space for a chapter summary, either outlined from the summary in the text or extracted by the student from prior notes. A fourth sheet is provided for questions or exercises at the end of a chapter. The forms are intended for use in the first few weeks of a course with substantial reading, until each student adapts them to his or her needs. (Samples of the form containing notes are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Note Taking
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (Louisville, KY, October 29-31, 1981).