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Cornell Notes. Glenelg High School November 1, 2013 Melissa Jacobsen Secondary Literacy Coach. Parts adapted from ppt / Cornell _ Note Taking. ppt ‎. Outcomes. Participants will Develop an understanding of the Cornell Note- taking method

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Cornell Notes

Glenelg High School

November 1, 2013

Melissa Jacobsen

Secondary Literacy Coach

Parts adapted from‎


Participants will

  • Develop an understanding of the Cornell Note- taking method

  • Understand scaffolding and extension techniques related to Cornell Notes

Why cornell notes
Why Cornell Notes?

  • Cornell Notes is one tool, it is not the only tool

  • Some teacher may assume students know how to take notes

  • By teaching students one method of note taking, they have a foundation

  • Students see commonality among disciplines

Cornell notes
Cornell Notes

  • Help students remember what is said in class

  • Help students prepare for tests outside the class

  • Builds independence

Cornell notes1
Cornell Notes

  • Help students to organize and process data and information

  • Visually “makes sense” to students

  • Can support Summarizing SLOs

  • Writing is a great tool for learning!

What is looks like
What is looks like…



Main ideas/ questions


Summary of notes- 3-4 sentences at bottom




  • Non-Fiction- note taking on facts, main ideas in background information, rhetoric in a speech

  • Fiction- Character analysis, sensory details, quote analysis, scaffolding towards a text-dependent question

Comparing texts
Comparing Texts

Central Question: What can passenger lists tell us about who settled in the New World and where they settled?

Rewriting notes in cornell format
Rewriting notes in Cornell Format

  • Students may take guided notes, fill in an outline, or other note taking format that you might already use

  • Students re-copy their notes in the Cornell Format for homework or as an extension creating their own questions or main

  • ideas

    • Automatic review/ Studentt Created Study Guide

    • Kinesthetic learning

    • Can edit, look-up words

    • Prompts higher-level question- Students can come up with questions to use as review in class the next day

Scaffolding cornell notes
Scaffolding Cornell Notes

  • Model how to use Cornell Notes

  • Provide templates

  • Provide all main ideas and questions for students

  • Provide 2 or 3 main ideas or questions and ask students to come up with 2 or 4 on their own

After your notes are complete
After Your Notes are Complete

  • Synthesize and make connections between note sheets

  • Highlight, circle and underline most important information or details

  • Cross out unimportant information

  • Use notes for further studying


  • There are many ways to use Cornell Notes

  • Cornell Notes can be used for both non-fiction and fiction

  • Teachers should model note taking

  • Scaffold students toward independence

Literacy open office hours
Literacy Open Office Hours

  • Wednesday, Nov. 6- Media Center