Rule 5: Focus and Think! What is important about what you are writing?
Outline Rule 6: Write only important details,….but
Rule 7: Write clearly. If you cant read it later, it wont do you any good!
Rule 8 : Finally and most importantly, put the notes in your own words and Make the changes needed so that the work is your own!
To summarize: Decide how you will take notes. Read carefully! Look away from text! Focus and Think! Outline! Write clearly! Put the notes in your own words!
Some Note-taking ideas: Make lists Highlight important ideas on a printed page Use graphic organizers Make notes on 3 x 5 cards and organize in a pocket chart or on a table top Use lined notebook paper Draw a chart and fill it in Create a web Use a tape recorder, then transcribe the words into written form Use Inspiration or Kidspiration to organize your thoughts
Resources Oregon School Library Information System http://www.oslis.k12.or.us/elementary/ howto/takenotes http://www.oslis.k12.or.us/elementary/ howto/takenotes
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