Class Agenda #18 – Introducing Cornell Notes

Opener (whip around)- What is “Cornell?” Person? Place? Thing?


  • SLT- I can use Cornell Notes to effectively capture, evaluate and organize relevant information from a text.

This is what Cornell Notes Look Like:

Read Aloud-

  • Look for examples of capture, evaluate and organize.

2 1/2”

Cue Column


Notetaking Column

  1. As you read/review texts, jot down any key phrases, important points or ideas, or thoughts that you have.
  2. Questions: As soon after class as possible, formulate questions based on the notes in the right-hand column. Writing questions helps to clarify meanings, reveal relationships, establish continuity, and strengthen memory. Also, the writing of questions sets up a perfect stage for exam-studying later.
  3. Recite: Cover the notetaking column with a sheet of paper. Then, looking at the questions or cue-words in the question and cue column only, say aloud, in your own words, the answers to the questions, facts, or ideas indicated by the cue-words.
  4. Reflect: Reflect on the material by asking yourself questions, for example: “What’s the significance of these facts? What principle are they based on? How can I apply them? How do they fit in with what I already know? What’s beyond them?
  5. Review: Spend at least ten minutes every week reviewing all your previous notes. If you do, you’ll retain a great deal for current use, as well as, for the exam.



After class, use this space at the bottom of each page to summarize the notes on that page.

  • Today we are JUST focusing on the Note Taking Column
  • Set up a Cornell Notes setup in your notebook.

Grapple Text- “The Case For Reparations” by Ta-Neshi Coates

Class Work-

  • Read portion of Chapter 1 in “The Case For Reparations” together.
  • Practice note taking.
  • Continue to read on your own.
  • Make a goal of taking 3 more notes.


  • Practice note taking by reading 1 article from the #validus and filling starting a Cornell Notes for it in your notebook.

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