This is an interactive chart that provides students with "codes" to help them annotate and better focus their reading of both informational and literary texts. This can be used in any English class. The chart is on page one, and I have included the following directions on the second page of the document.
☆ This note-taking chart can be used with both nonfiction and fiction texts. Give students the chart with a corresponding text.
☆ Tell them that the symbols at the top are “codes” they should use as they annotate their reading. The idea is that they code their text, on the text, and then record a partial quote from what they coded in the left hand column of the organizer. Under the appropriate column, they record their question, reflection about style, main idea, etc. Tell them to leave the agree/disagree column blank as they read.
☆ When they finish the chart, have students trade with a classmate. Now, instruct them to read the chart they received and reply in the agree/disagree column.
☆ Finally, have students trade their charts back. Now, they will look at their original responses, examine their classmate’s responses, and reflect on changed thinking at the bottom of the page.
☆ Feel free to have students share quotes, thoughts, etc. as a basis for whole class discussion.
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