Taking Notes on Sources

By on March 29, 2012

When I was in elementary school my mom taught me to take notes on sources. Whenever I had a report to write, she would bring out some index cards (or sometimes referred to as 3X5 cards) and teach me how to record publication information on one side and source information on the other.

Her lessons at the kitchen table taught me a lot about reading and taking notes on sources. When I created the "Taking notes on a Source" handout, I had her in mind. I also had all of you excellent teachers in mind. We need a practical handout that we can use to teach students how to record essential information from the sources they read. Check out the new handout under Integrating Sources and let us know what you think.

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