You will be taking notes on what you read in this class--especially for essays and the novel. You will have one formal assignment to show that you know how to take good notes, but it is up to you to begin annotation for your own purposes. Taking reading notes makes remembering easier and makes studying for tests easier. Instructors often give "open book" tests. If you have notes in your book, you will do better on these tests, of course.
Below is a written summary of how to take notes; a Powerpoint we will see in class; and the assignment--titled "annotating." Check your calendar for the due date.
Here is how to take effective notes while reading:
· Jot down (or underline) brief phrases that help you understand main ideas or important details.
· Place question marks in the margins next to things that you do not understand.
· Circle or mark unfamiliar words.
· Write questions in the margins--to later ask in class.
· Place marks next to things that are important to the meaning or by data that support the main idea or point.
· Place marks next to writing with which you don’t agree or that doesn’t follow logic.
· Marks you might use include underlining or any personalized kind of symbol. Remember, these notes are for you to use in review of the information.
Below is the Powerpoint shown in class about Annotation: