Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative (JHUSSI)  

I-SWAM Strategy


Purpose of Strategy/Approach


Use I SWAM note taking strategy to assist student when attending a lecture by a teacher who talks fast to improve comprehension and recall of 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
  • pencils and or pens
  • highlighters
  • ruled paper
  • I-SWAM slide
  • I-SWAM poster (at least one)
  • copies of I-SWAM prompt sheet that can fit on an index card
  • index cards
  • glue sticks
  • tape
  • I-SWAM flashcards
  • English journals or pieces of paper
  • computers providing access to the Internet
  • copies of articles from:
    • 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


I-SWAM Strategy References and Web Resources