My students come into freshman year not knowing how to take notes on their short stories or novels. I've developed a series of note taking handouts for them to develop their skills.
I've included the handout for one of these skill developers here and the notes that explains what I do and how you can modify them for your classroom for any story or novel.
It's very simply process to include notes for scaffolding for the students because it's something that we do as teachers everytime we make notes so I've just included the notes for them and then I begin to take them away.
The handout is editable for teachers to make appropriate for their class and for the material.
It includes 3 pages:
1 1-page handout
1 2-page set of instructions
I've made this for my 9th grade English class but this would be excellent for middle school up to 12th grade or higher, depending on how much you want to give them. Cornell notes and their variations are perfect for anyone and they way I've made my alterations to the format would really be appropriate for any age if you change the language.