How to Take Notes on an Essay

Learning Objectives: Taking notes this way helps you:

  • Read like a Writer
  • Internalize Essay Structure
  • Practice the MOVES of Integrating Sources
  • Create a “backwards” outline of what the essay says/does
  • Invent for Essay Drafting (you can use your summaries and paraphrases in your essays).

Learning Task:

  1. Make Five Guesses as to the Title
  2. Summarize the Introduction (use a signal phrase).
  3. Identify the Topic Sentence of EACH body paragraph.  Then PARAPHRASE it.  Use signal phrases every time!
  4. Summarize the Conclusion.  Use a signal phrase.

Homework

Please post your notes as a blog entry, using this format, on the essay “What if the Secret to Success is Failure?” by Sunday night the 21st before midnight.

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