Reflection: Accountability Theme - Section 2: Note-taking


Throughout my district, students are encouraged to use Cornell Notes (see Resources below) while taking classroom notes. Because notes are very cumbersome and take up so much class time, I have changed my methods this year and provide a resource page for students to glue in their notebooks and interact with the notes in the same way required by Cornell Notes.

Cornell Notes were developed in 1949 at Cornell University by Walter Pauk. He designed this style of note-taking in response to frustration over student test scores and is meant to be used as a study guide.

The sample can be seen in the Resources below. The right side of the page is used to take notes. The left side is used to interact with the notes - add clarification, questions that the student has when reviewing the notes, gaps that are missing in the notes.  Also included, is a summary of the notes written at the bottom of the page/set of notes acting as a review.

This style of note-taking has been found to help students problem-solve, become organized, and addresses recall by having students interact with their notes at least three times (as they write notes, review and ask themselves questions, summarize).

  Accountability: Cornell Notes
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Unit 1: Folklore
Lesson 12 of 15

Objective: SWBAT determine theme while interpreting the influence of other literary elements.

Big Idea: What lesson did I learn?

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English / Language Arts, theme, mythology
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