Lesson One--Notetaking from AP European History Writing and Skills Handbook

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This is Lesson One, which covers note-taking skills, of the forthcoming full-length AP European History Writing and Skills Handbook. The lesson can be used in-class with students to model note-taking, and can also serve as a resource throughout the year to assist students in taking good notes. It will download as a zipped folder that includes an editable Microsoft Word version and a non-editable PDF version.

Seller’s note: instructional text in this lesson is identical to that in the APUSH Writing and Skills Handbook Note-taking Lesson. The note-taking samples in this lesson have been changed to reflect AP Euro content. If you’ve already purchased the APUSH lesson, it might be more economical to just use that lesson for both classes as the instructional information is the same.

Sub-sections of the lesson include:
*Why we need to take notes—educational rationales for note-taking explained in student-friendly terms
*Some note-taking styles—pros and cons of outline-, Cornell-, or bullet-style notes
*Example notes—full-page annotated samples of notes in the three major styles covering the same section of text
*Note-taking elements—list of essentials to include in any style of note-taking
*What to write down—how to determine what is important and what is not
*Note-taking technique checklist—serves as a quick reference for students who are learning to take meaningful notes

Content coverage in the lesson is pre-Period 1 (14th century) and early Period 1 (15th century) and includes information about the Black Death and Hundred Years’ War.

The AP European Writing and Skills Handbook is designed to teach students in AP US History classes to use historical thinking skills to tackle primary and secondary sources, stimulus-style multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, Document-Based Question essays (DBQs), and Long Essays (aka LEQs). It is fully aligned to the revised, 2015-16 versions of the College Board’s AP European History Curriculum Framework and the nine historical thinking skills.

The handbook uses techniques from the MOD Writing System, a modular, modeled approach to writing.

Modular: each lesson teaches students to evaluate and then execute discrete parts of historical essays or skills. Once students have mastered the elements, later lessons show them how to combine the elements to create a full essay.

Modeled: in order to produce good historical writing, students must first read good historical writing! Each lesson includes numerous good examples of the elements of historical essays, plus numerous full-length sample essays and paragraphs.

Please see the free teacher materials available here for more information about the program.

Lessons currently available from the AP European History Writing and Skills Handbook include:
*Lesson One: Notetaking
*Lesson Two: Specificity, Detail, and Short Answer Questions
*Lesson Three: Preparing for a Unit Test
*Lesson Four: Introduction to DBQs
*Lesson Five: Analyzing Documents and Prewriting a DBQ
*Lesson Six: Thesis and Contextualization Paragraphs
*Lesson Seven: Basic DBQ Body Paragraphs

Purchase of the lesson includes permission to copy a class set (up to 35). Instructional text is copyright 2015 by Carrie Floyd Cagle. All non-original text in the lesson includes citation information. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International License.
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50 Minutes

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