Keyword Note Taking

Keyword note taking is a note taking strategy that teaches students to focus on individual words that are the most significant in a nonfiction text. Students end by synthesizing their notes into a summary.

The nonfiction text should be divided into four parts. Label each part 1-4.

Notes are taken on a graphic organizer. Divide a piece of paper in half horizontally. Then divide the top half into four parts. Label each part 1-4.

Students silently read part 1 of the article and circle/underline keywords as they go. When they’re done, students pick 3-5 keywords to write in box 1. Students share keywords and reasoning with a partner.

Repeat until all 4 boxes are filled and the entire article is read.

Students then write a summary using all or most of the keywords in a paragraph in the bottom half of the graphic organizer.

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