ELA 5: How to Format Cornell Notes

Okay, nobody likes taking notes, especially about dusty old schools. Well, luckily Cornell notes can be about anything you want. They just help keep things organized. And organization is almost fun...right? Right?

5th GradeLanguage Arts
Elementary and Middle School5th Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

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That's where the exciting world of Cornell notes comes in! [Cornell University and person holds up page of notes]

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…Okay, yeah, it still doesn't sound that exciting, but trust us, it's a handy trick

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to know.

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You can format your Cornell Notes in just a few simple steps.

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First things first, create a small section on the top right of your paper. [Box on the top right of a page]

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This is where you’ll write your name…

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… the class… Let’s see… “Shmoop 101”.

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… the period… is this fourth, or third…

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… and the date, uh, well, that’s “Today.”

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See, we’re already halfway done. Almost. [Completed section and thumbs up appears]

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Now, make two slightly larger boxes under the one you just made.

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The first of these boxes is where you write the topic or objective, which your teacher

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will provide for you!

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For now, let’s say the topic is going to be… Room Cleaning.

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We know. We're wild and crazy.

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The second large box at the top of the paper is where you’ll write your essential question.

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Sometimes this will be provided for you…

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… but sometimes you’ll have to make this up for yourself. If that’s the case, try [Teacher stood at front of class asking for essential question]

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to keep the question focused on the topic.

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So less “Why can't I go outside and play instead of doing this, ughhhh?” and more

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“What are good cleaning techniques?”

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Below your top boxes and about a third of the way in from the left margin, draw a vertical

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line. [Vertical line appears on page]

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This line is how you’ll separate the body of your notes from the questions that you’ll

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later write and use to create your summary.

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Okay, so let’s see… fold clothes… books on shelf… throw out old food…vacuum the [List of cleaning techniques]

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cat…great.

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That’s the body. As we go, we write down any questions we might have.

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Remember, stick to the topic.

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“Where can I find a broom if I’m not a witch?” isn’t the best question. “What’s

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the best way to organize books?” is a pretty good question.

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At the bottom of your page, leave about a two inch space. [Ruler appears at bottom of a page]

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Later on, this is where you’ll go back and summarize your notes into a paragraph.

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See, that wasn’t so bad, was it?

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It was almost fun…almost as fun as playing outside! [Students walking out of class]

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Why not stay in and clean that room instead?

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…Hello? ….Hellooooo?....