Two-Column Notes for Informational Texts – This strategy helps students organize informational texts.
|Matter||anything that takes up space and has weight (solid, liquid, gas)|
|Atom||building block of matter|
|Proton||found in the nucleus of an atom, carries a positive charge of electricity|
|Neutron||found in the nucleus of an atom, carries no electrical charge, is heavier than a proton|
|Electron||travels around the nucleus of an atom, carries a negative charge of electricity|
- The teacher makes a transparency of a passage to be read.
- The students take a piece of paper and fold it in half. The left column is labeled Key Words or Main Idea. The right column is labeled Elaborations.
- The students write the key words or main idea in the left column as they read the passage.
- The students elaborate on the key words or main idea in the right column.
- Once completed, the students can use the two-column notes to test themselves.
Lapp, D., Flood, J., & Farnan, N. Content area reading and learning: Instructional strategies. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon, 1989.