How to Teach Two-Column Note Taking
Helping Students Take Notes to Support Comprehension and Writing
Welcome and thank you for your interest in this online course! Below you will find information about the course, including a course syllabus and answers to frequently asked questions. We estimate that this course will take approximately 5 hours to complete. Once finished, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. If you have any questions, please email us: [email protected]
Enjoy the course! Joan Sedita, Founder of Keys to Literacy
This course is appropriate for any educator who teaches in grades 4 through 12. The course provides professional development for teaching note taking in any subject. You will learn numerous instructional practices for a variety of literacy skills that students must learn in order to take quality notes. You will also learn scaffolds that can be used to differentiate your instruction to meet individual student needs.
In this course you will:
- Learn why note taking is a helpful comprehension strategy
- Be introduced to the two-column note format
- View classroom examples of notes from text and non-text sources
- Learn how to teach note taking, including note taking sub-skills such as main idea skills and paraphrasing
- Learn how to teach note taking from expository and narrative text
- Learn multiple scaffolds to support students who struggle with note taking
- Learn how to teach note taking from lecture
- Learn how to use two-column notes to teach vocabulary
- Learn how to teach students to use two-column notes to gather information from sources before writing
The course is asynchronous, which means you can log on and off multiple times to complete the course assignments at your own pace.
Partner with Other Educators
This course has been designed to be used by individual educators to increase their proficiency in teaching literacy skills. However, it can also be used within peer learning communities or by an entire staff to provide a shared professional development experience. The course includes activities that can be completed and shared among peers taking the course at the same time.
About Keys to Literacy
Keys to Literacy is a professional development and consulting company specializing in literacy instruction. Our training programs are built upon the most current literacy research and best instructional practices that are tightly aligned with Common Core and other state standards. Our instructional practices are relevant for general educators as Tier I core instruction for all students, and to special educators as Tier II support instruction. Click here to visit the Keys to Literacy website to learn more about our work.
Start3a Beyond the Format
Start3b Main Idea Skills (7:16)
Start3c Teaching Main Idea for Note Taking
Start3d Notes From Paragraphs
Start3e Paraphrasing (6:54)
Start3f More Note Taking Subskills
Start3g Notes from Expository Text
Start3h Notes From Narrative Text
Start3i Using Notes to Study