3. Take Notes

You’ll need some place to take notes.  Your writer’s journal will work just fine.  Put a pencil in your hand and write as you read.  Don’t worry about complete sentences or perfect punctuation.  Just get down the IMPORTANT DETAILS (the ones that connect to your driving question).  One way you’ve learned to take notes is with a “T-Chart.”  On the left side of the T, write down new facts that you learn.  On the right side, write down questions and observations. Many times these new questions can lead to new research.  That’s the beauty of it!  You don’t know what you’re getting into until you start turning over a few rocks.  Let your questions guide you.  Just don’t forget to keep writing everything down!


Hopefully you’ll notice that the book, article or website you’re reading has information organized in a certain way (a “text structure”).  You will probably want to use the same structure as you take notes.


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