Sketchnotes in the Classroom: Note-taking Lessons for Students

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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Transform low-key lessons into critical thinking opportunities by introducing sketchnotes in the classroom. Sketchnotes are a note-taking strategy that allow students voice, choice, and creative thinking. With sketchnotes, students are encouraged to think critically, make connections, and visualize structural organizations for what they are learning.

Sketchnotes are an interactive strategy you can use when students are:

  • listening during a discussion
  • thinking about a podcast
  • learning during a lecture
  • responding to reading
  • studying for a test
  • prewriting
  • and more!

Who is this resource for?

Anyone who works with middle or high school students and who wants to introduce sketchnotes in the classroom but who is not sure how to do it! This resource can be useful in any subject area, although you may want to tweak some of the wording to fit your specific curriculum. The guided sketchnote activity that students complete as a class, for example, is sketch-noting a song.

What does this resource contain?

  • Suggested lesson plan
  • 2 Google Slides presentations that guide students through interactive activities. These activities are designed to help students become familiar with what to include in sketchnotes, how to organize the information, and why they are helpful. Both presentations include ideas for what to say to students in the notes sections.
  • 1 brain dump activity students can use to reflect on what they have learned about sketchnotes. This activity is in Google Slides format.
  • 1 self-assessment Slide students can use identify areas of strength and growth.
  • 1 learning continuum to help teachers and students develop a better understanding of how to work on improving sketchnote skills over time.
  • Examples of sketchnotes created for a variety of purposes.

What is the suggested time frame for teaching these lessons?

The suggested use is for three forty-five minute class periods. The lessons do not have to be taught on consecutive days.

Is this resource digital?

Yes! This resource is ready for remote learning, hybrid learning, and in-person learning. All activities and presentations are in Google Slide format. When you download, you will see a PDF. In the PDF, there are individual links for each digital teaching tool. If you want to use these resources as PowerPoint presentations or as PDFs, all you have to do is download them from Google Slides in whichever format you choose.

Is this resource editable?

Many parts of this resource are editable in Google Slides.

  • Editable: 2 Presentations and Learning Continuum
  • Partially Editable: Self-Assessment Rubric
  • Not Editable: Brain dump activity

Using sketchnotes in the classroom can be a great way to turn lessons from drab into fab. Anyone can pretend to listen, but sketchnotes make thinking VISIBLE, which encourages students to stay tuned in!

You can read more about how I introduce sketchnotes to students in this blog post.

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Total Pages
40 pages
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Teaching Duration
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