Focused Notes

Phase 1: Take Notes
EQ (essential question)
Date
Topic
Clear format ( 2 columns, 3 columns, Cornell, graphic organizer, etc.)

Phase 2: Process Notes
Highlight / underline
Circle keywords and vocab
Fill in gaps, cross out, identify main ideas

Phase 3: Connect Thinking
Ask higher-level questions
Identify gaps and point of confusion
Add own original thinking by making connections

Phase 4: Summarize and Reflect
Answer EQ, capture big ideas and essential details
Explain how the notes will be used / useful

Phase 5: Apply Learning
Use the notes. Save and revisit your notes as a resource or learning tool to help you apply or demonstrate what you have learned.