Monday, March 9, 2020: Start Unit 2

I hope you’re not to sleepy today because of Daylight Savings! I hope everyone had a great weekend with beautiful weather as well! 🙂

As usual, we will start the week with M.U.G. Monday. If you were out, please be sure to get the corrections and notes from a friend.


Flat style vector illustration, discuss social network, news, chat, dialogue speech bubblesToday, we will start on our next unit, The Power of Persuasion. This unit will focus on rhetoric, rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, logos), and rhetorical devices and strategies. We will be reading primarily nonfiction texts, and you will analyze for rhetorical effectiveness. For our unit writing, you will write a persuasive speech on a topic of your choice.

But before we get there, today, we will introduce rhetoric and take notes. Note-taking is a crucial skill for college, as professors often lecture to a class without any aids (no PowerPoints, writing on the board, etc.). Today, we will cover four different ways to take notes — please choose that one that most appeals to you and your learning style and try one out today.

Here are some tips for good note taking from the University of Washington:

  • Take notes in complete thoughts, but abbreviate, reduce, and simplify
    • Don’t try to write the profs lecture word for word. You will fall behind and miss something important. Don’t copy overheads unless the professor gives you time to do so.
  • Separate and label the notes for each class
    • Start a new set of notes for each day, clearly separated from the day before; it makes your notes easier to study.
  • Make your notes easy to read
    • It’s easier to study your notes if you can read them.
  • Be an aggressive note taker
    • Sit where you can hear and see the professor without straining. Stay alert.
  • Start taking notes when the professor starts talking
    • Don’t wait for a big thought to strike you. You could easily become distracted and miss the big thought.
  • Isolate and learn the specialized vocabulary
    • Write down and highlight difficult or new words. Write definitions, or look them up later.
  • Separate facts from opinion and add your own ideas
    • Note what is fact and what is the professor’s opinion. Add your own thoughts; write notes directly to yourself.
  • Develop your own set of symbols. Use them to identify or emphasize various items in your notes.
    • Use circles, underlines, or other symbols that will be meaningful to you.
  • Include pictures, diagrams and other visuals
    • Copying diagrams or other visuals helps you to understand concepts later. We tend to think in terms of pictures.
  • Take notes on discussion
    • Take notes when meeting with your tutor. Use notes you’ve taken in lecture to generate discussion with your tutor group.

4 Types of Note-taking:

Please click on each style to get an overview of how to take these kinds of notes.

  1. Outline style
    1. Start large and work down to details. Separate main ideas and get more specific in a hierarchical format.
  2. Cornell notes
    1. This is a specific style of note-taking that separates your notes from key words and comments in different columns. At the end of the lecture/presentation, you summarize the most salient points at the bottom of the page.
  3. Web/spatial notes (also called bubble maps, concept maps)
    1. This style of note-taking is for more spatial (non-linear) learners. Web or bubble notes give you the freedom to connect ideas and develop sub-categories in whatever way you like. electricity_concept_map
  4. Sketch notes
    1. This is for my artistic, doodle-loving students! Sketch notes utilize drawings, sketches, and symbols to create more artistic notes. However, make sure you’re not spending time making it look pretty instead of listening to the lecture!

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