Class Agenda #19 – What’s the Cue Column for?

Opener (whip around)- What was the question that was most asked to Mr. B yesterday?


  • Yesterday we focused on this- the capture
  • SLT– I can use Cornell Notes to effectively capture*, evaluate and organize relevant information from a text.


  • Today we are focusing on the organize
  • The way to organize your notes, and your mind, is with The Cue Column$.


2 1/2”

Cue Column$

Reduce ideas and facts to concise jottings and summaries as cues for Reciting, Reviewing, and Reflecting.


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.

  • Look at our notes from yesterday and compare them to our Guiding Question-
    • Should the US Government offer reparations ot African American Citizens for atrocities committed in slavery, Jim Crow, “Separate but Equal,” and other systemic injustices?
  • Which notes so far help us answer this question?
  • Which notes are interesting but don’t really help?
  • Which notes are vocabulary words that we’d like to use?

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

Class Work-

  • Continue – 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.

Check In- Organize your Cue Column during the last 5 minutes.


  • Finish Chapter 1 of our grapple text. Work with your Cornell 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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