This 103 page book documents the power of "Analytical Notes" as a proven system to connect all levels of comprehension.
• This strategy provides a structure for taking notes and writing a paragraph response. The ideas that follow are particularly beneficial for students who have comprehension and/or organizational challenges.
• The idea of reading a story or an article, recalling significant information, and writing a paragraph containing analysis is too difficult for students who are not highly proficient. Consequently, students in this group need a system that will allow them to grasp onto meaningful information immediately and connect that information to valuable inferences. In addition, some students have no problem comprehending the reading; however, often these students lack organizational skills and development that prevent them from effectively communicating their ideas and insights.
• The following content-related lesson provides a simple system for recording analytical notes. These notes push students to think about the reading in a critical manner. The notes provide a series of connections among all levels of comprehension - from literal to synthesis to inference to evaluation to application.
Analytical Notes is directly aligned with state standards. By incorporating Analytical Notes into the curriculum, students engage in the following skills and demands:
Determine text meaning and make logical inferences
• Based on the central theme statement or main idea, the students generate logical inferences in the why important and as a result columns. These inferences encourage students to determine and evaluate the significance of main ideas and the impact of behaviors and actions on other characters or figures.
Determine central themes and analyze their development
• The left column of the analytical notes requires students to generate central themes. The why important and as a result columns analyze the development and impact of these themes.
Citing specific evidence to support analysis
• For certain responses, students need to add specific quotations that support the main idea, why important, or as a result.
Analyze how and why individual events/ideas develop
• The why important component of the analytical notes pushes students to explore multiple factors that caused and influences major events.
Assess how point of view shapes the content
• As the students create the analytical notes, they are thinking about the character, figure, or author’s point of view. Student understanding of the point of view becomes evident with an in-depth as a result column.
Compare & contrast ideas and behavior
• When the central theme or the area of focus zeroes in on the comparison of behaviors and actions, the why important column of the analytical notes assesses the significance of each behavior or action on other characters, figures, or variables.
Analyze events and determine cause/effect relationship
• The completion of the why important and as a result columns of the analytical notes show a clear relationship between cause & effect. In fact, students explore the relationship among multiple causes and effects.