Interactive Notetaking

Notetaking, Interactive Writing, Teacher Modeling

UDL 3.2 UDL 5.3

Interactive Notetaking is a process in which the teacher leads students through the notetaking process. The teacher may use specific notetaking templates such as Cornell notetaking, t-charts or other graphic organizers. With the modeling, the class may read a document or literature book, listen to a lecture or story, or watch a historical film. As the students are reading and/or following the lecture, the teacher models how to take notes by recording the main facts or ideas, outlining the plot or structure of the document, etc. Once the students have learned how to take notes, they can practice taking notes during lectures and/or when reading academic content. Here are a couple ideas for notetaking: 1) Choose a template or graphic organizer (Cornell notes, t-charts, compare-and-contrast) for students to use. 2) Use an overhead projector to take notes as you are lecturing or reading. 3) Have students practice frequently. 4) Teach students how to rewrite or reorganize the notes.

Ready-to-Use Resources

Notetaking Tool

Foldable Interactive Notetaking Templates

A collection of student templates to implement interactive notetaking. Includes various foldable templates that can be used on their own or attached into an existing interactive notebook.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 · English Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Math · 3 pages

Notetaking Tool

KWL Charts for Interactive Notetaking

A collection of KWL charts to use during interactive note taking. Includes a standard KWL chart with guiding questions and a KWL chart that also prompts students to think about further questions.

Grade 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 · English Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Speaking, Math · 2 pages

Notetaking Tool

Student Templates for Interactive Notetaking

A collection of student templates to implement interactive notetaking. Includes a Cornell-style templates and a student reflection sheet to complete after reading or a lesson.

Grade 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · Reading, Writing · 2 pages


Sentence Frames for Identifying the Central Idea in Informational Text

Students complete these sentence frames as they read a selection of text. The five different frames are designed to help students at multiple levels of analysis, including description, compare/contrast, sequencing, problem/solution, and cause/effect.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · English Language Arts, Reading · 2 pages

Implementation Tips

Online Tutorial and Notetaker
For an example of an interactive notetaking tool available on the web, check out: [[ | ReadWriteThink Notetaker ]]
Cornell Notes
Editing, revising, summarizing and revisiting notes are all part of the notetaking process and can be integral to a student's learning. For more information on how to incorporate these steps, check out [[ | Cornell Notetaking ]] or [[ | How to take Cornell Notes ]].


Science experiment
As the teacher models the experiment, she also records the steps on the whiteboard. Students take notes in the form of writing down the steps of the experiment as a way to prepare for the experiment and also to remember the steps.
History -ELL
Prior to having a guest lecturer talk to the class about the Civil War, the students read a historical document on the civil war and the teacher models note taking including writing down important historical dates. The students also discuss and record any key vocabulary such as revolution, manifest destiny, injustice, etc.
Literature Circles
During Literature Circles students refer back to their literature journals or learning logs to guide open ended discussion about the book, the content, characters, plot, etc. Through note taking and discussion, students learn how to summarize and critically review the content of the book.

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