Note-Taking Guides


  • An organizer used to capture the reader’s/listener’s thoughts
  • Reader/Listener writes what was read or heard in the take notes column
  • Reader/Listener then responds with a question/comment, feeling, connection in the make notes column
  • Discuss notes taken and made.
Classroom Assessment Framework Grades 4-8 (Fall 2002)

Key Word/Topic Notes

  • Students determine which topics are important (or teachers could give topics) and add to key topic notes.
  • Include the topic or concept being discussed, notes/descriptions/definitions of the topic, and examples.
  • Key topic notes are an excellent way to review information in the book and study for a test/quiz.

1. Write the topic in the first column.
2. Write key notes or important information on that concept in the second column.
3. Include example problems/information on that concept in the third column.

Class and Text Notes

  • Way to combine class notes with notes from the text
  • two column note-taking technique
  • in the first column, student takes notes from class discussions, worksheets, etc.
  • in the second column, student reads the texts and adds notes on the same topic

Lecture Bingo

  • to encourage attention to class lecture and to provide student opportunities to review important lecture concepts, ideas, or terminology
  • provide students with a bingo grid
  • place 10-12 concepts, ideas, phrases, or vocabulary terms on the board
  • have students randomly write 0 of those items in each square
  • explain that as you proceed with class, students are to take notes/add information to the blocks as they are discussed
  • when they have bingo, they should let you know (could check at the end of the class)
Adapted from Silberman, 1996