Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative (JHUSSI)  

Note Taking Strategy


Purpose of Strategy/Approach


Use Cornell Notes note taking strategy whereby student self-regulates taking organized notes to improve comprehension and recall of text or lecture.


Rationale of Lesson


Students will read and interpret informational texts to learn about life in small Southern towns in the United States during the 1930s focusing on the socio-economic class system, race relations, common practices of the judicial system, educational standards, gender roles, moral code, disability awareness, and activities of children in order to develop background knowledge about the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird and later draw inferences for contemporary society.


Acknowledgment of Content Expert and Consultants


Pam Mayette and Dr. Mary Ellen Beatty-O’Ferrall


  • overhead projector or computer with projector
  • computer(s) with Microsoft Excel software
  • graph paper
  • checklist to assess student’s recorded notes
  • colored pencils and or colored pens
  • highlighters
  • ruled paper
  • Cornell Notes slide
  • Cornell Notes poster (at least one)
  • copies of Cornell Notes prompt sheet that can fit on an index card
  • index cards
  • glue sticks
  • tape
  • Cornell Notes flashcards
  • English journals or pieces of paper
  • computers providing access to the Internet
  • copies of articles from Internet at
    • Modern American poetry: About the Great Depression at 
    • Ferris State University, What was Jim Crow at
    • Banks, T. L. (____). To Kill a Mockingbird (1962): Lawyering in an unjust society, Race and southern lawyers: A backdrop on reality, pp 239-252, at

References and Web Resources


Note Taking Strategy References and Web Resources