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Less Is More: A Unit to Teach Students to Take Notes

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Overview: Note-taking, or paraphrasing, is defined as taking the words of another and putting those words or ideas into your own words. Paraphrasing for comprehension is writing those ideas to learn material presented. Using all the modes of communication - reading, writing, listening, and speaking - students better understand and learn the context of both the written and oral word. This unit will teach students to focus on main idea and details, find important concepts, and identify the author's voice by learning to web, outline, and use graphic organizers to better comprehend and elaborate content.

Graphic organizers to use with the unit are the following:

The Important Word Page
Webbing Page
Western Union Telegraph
Spider Web
Outline Form
Vocabulary To Think About
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Pretty perfect for my fifth graders!
On  December 11, 2013Jeanne Guthrie answered:
Thank you. I taught 5th grade and was tired of copies verbatim. Hope it helps. Jeanne
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On  November 11, 2013,  Jade B. said:
Thank you, this was very helpful.
On  November 12, 2013Jeanne Guthrie answered:
I'm so glad it will be of help. Like you, I was tired of all the verbatim copying that I was getting. Jeanne
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On  August 5, 2013,  Sherrye G. said:
Thanks for the resource.
On  August 5, 2013Jeanne Guthrie answered:
I hope it helps you. Jeanne
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On  April 13, 2013,  Buyer said:
something my students struggle with - good to have new tools to try
On  April 13, 2013Jeanne Guthrie answered:
Thank you for responding. I, too, got very tired of entire paragraphs copied verbatum in reports! I found all of these exercises helpful in helping students how to paraphrase. Enjoy and share!
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On  January 9, 2013,  Buyer said:
This is great!
On  January 9, 2013Jeanne Guthrie answered:
Thank you. I did find all of the activities helpful in teaching students to use their own words rather than just try to copy from the source. Good luck in your teaching to paraphrase!
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On  September 5, 2012,  Buyer said:
Great ideas! Can't wait to use.
On  September 5, 2012Jeanne Guthrie answered:
I'm always pleased to share! As usual, with different classes I used different parts of the unit, but all in all, found students did learn from the practice. With media as available as it is today, I feel it is even more important than ever to teach students to read, take notes, and then rewrite in their own words!! Thanks for the comments, and good luck in the new year.
Jeanne
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