Rather than taking notes straight from the textbook and getting lost in all of the information, this activity makes students use their text as a reference to make sense of it all.
You print out the sheets on 2 separate sheets of 11x17 paper. (Don't double side them, as one of them is going to get cut up!)
They cut out a list of terms and explanations that are found on one sheet and organize them onto a fish-bone diagram in two sections - evidence that Charles Darwin saw and more recent evidence. When they are done, they glue the terms and explanations down and they have a complete set of notes on the topic. (and have learned how to use fishbone diagrams to take notes on topics that have a lot of "sub-topics"! Bonus!)
This assignment was created for the Alberta McGraw Hill Biology textbook, but should work well with any biology text. I have left the document in word format so that you can edit it to more closely fit your text if you desire.
The answer key is included - I put it up near the end of the block and have students compare their locations to mine and make adjustments if necessary before they glue.