Social Studies




Blank T-Chart (from Read-Write-Think)

Blank T-Chart (from Houghton Mifflin "Education Place.")

Two-Column Reading Question and Answer

Provide a series of important questions related to an expository reading assignment. Using a two-column graphic organizer, write the questions in the left column. As students read, they should record their answers in the right column. The design of the organizer directs student attention to important information and is easy to reference for follow-up study.

Introduction to Cornell Notes

A note-taking page that introduces students to the Cornell Notes method with suggestions on the type of information to be included


Description and directions

Q Notes

Q-Notes combines the strategies of SQ3R and Cornell Notes, and provides a note-taking format for posing questions while reading  in the left-hand margin and writing answers to the questions in the right-hand margin

Pre-Reading Notes

A note taking page with questions in the margin that help students to survey the text, activate prior knowledge, and decide their purpose for reading

Academic Notes

A note-taking page with helpful reminders in the margin that help students to define, summarize, serialize, classify, compare, and analyze ideas and concepts.

Discussion Notes

A graphic organizer that helps students prepare for a discussion about a text, with prompting questions in the margin that help to guide their thinking.

Summary Notes

A note-taking page to summarize a reading with before, during, and after reading reminders listed in the left-hand margin.

ReadingQuest: Making Sense in Social Studies
a website designed for social studies teachers who wish to more effectively engage their students with the content in their classes.

Strategies in Action: Being a Strategic Teacher of Social Studies

15 Hints for Taking Effective Lecture Notes

Taking Notes from Lectures

Taking Notes from Text

CRCSD Language Arts "Wiki"

CRCSD CAL Table of Contents