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    teaching note taking

    Hi!

    I'm going to have my 4th grader do a short research report and I need to teach her to take notes as she works on this process. For some reason I can't wrap my mind around how to teach this to her. We have been using IEW for a lot of writing, so she understands how to pick three key words from a sentence, but how do I translate that to a bigger paper? How do I instruct her to take notes from an entire paragraph rather than a sentence? I was never instruced into how to do this so I feel lost! The reserouces in Writing aids are not helping me to get my head around it. Thanks so much! Alison

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    Alison,

    The most valuable way to teach this is to sit down side by side with the student and work with them. This is something I strongly feel that a student needs to be shown how to do. Gather your resource material; encyclopedia, newspaper, etc. and sit down together. Read a paragraph and ask the student what they think the most import points in the paragraph are. If they don't get it the first time don't stress, be relaxed and have your student tell you what the paragraph said in their own words. From there lead them in finding the main points of the paragraph. It is a process, but an important one that will follow students the rest of their lives as they learn in school or research information on their own.

    I would look for some video resources on the internet to help in this too! YouTube has some great videos to help in any area you need. I hope this information helps! Have a great day!
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    Sharon Land
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    If you have Writing Aids, we have a section on helping students to learn to take notes, as well. That might give you some specific helps as well.
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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    Thank you both so much! Alison

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