Creighton University

Show Students Your Own Note-Taking and Responding Process

Just as it helps students to see a skilled writer’s rough drafts, it helps them to see a skilled reader’s marked up text, marginal notes, and note taking system. Take a book or article to class full of your notes, underlining's, along with the entries you made in your note system. Explain what you underlined and why. Show them how you distinguished between what the author is saying and your own reflections on the material.

Bean, J. (2011). Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.