GUIDE to [Illustrated Notes] Social Studies & Science Interactive Note-Taking
Where can illustrated notes be used?
*In-class note-taking (whole group, small group, with partners)
*Center work (small group, with partners)
*Homework assignment for reinforcement
What are illustrated notes?
*topics separated into paragraphs by main idea
*right margin created to leave space for student work
paired with Student Illustrations
*1 illustration per paragraph
*1 caption to describe each illustration
Why use illustrated notes?
The idea behind illustrated notes is the same as the idea behind interactive notebooks. Students are provided with information and are then given space to “interact” with the information on their own terms.
According to research conducted by The College of William and Mary regarding the benefits of interactive notebooks…
*“Teachers that provide their students with notes were shown to have better achievement than those whose students personally recorded them.”
*“This helps the brain by making connections between what is experienced (learned) and what the experience (information) means to the learner.”
*“If students are given information to put [in their notebooks], they can use the… side of the notebook to put the information into their own words, drawings, etc.”
*“The same notebooks can help teachers plan lessons that reach a range of students’ abilities and learning styles…This type of experience helps students personalize the content knowledge being presented.”