Posted by: Steve J. Moore | May 9, 2008

Openers: ABC Notes, by Brian Heyman

Forum: Openers
Date: Thu May 08 2008 12:17
Author: Heyman, Brian <Heyman425@MissouriState.edu>
Subject: Brian’s Opener

My opener was the ABC notetaking idea. This activity can be used to brainstorm ideas, it can be used as a guideline for notetaking for a particular assignment (biography, individual topic, research paper, a reading from a textbook, a reading from a novel, etc…), it can be used for notetaking during a video that the class has to watch or it can be used for anything deemed necessary from the teacher.

This assignment really allows the student the knowledge of how much you expect from them. Sometimes a teacher asks for one page of notes and for some students, a page consists of 30 facts and for others it contains only 5 facts written in large handwriting and in long sentences. With doing one note for each letter of the alphabet, the student knows they will need 26 facts. With that much information, they should be able to have a better understanding of what the topic is about.

For example…
If I were to take notes on myself:
A-
B-Baseball is his favorite sport
C-
D-
E-English educator
F-
G-Grew up in St. Louis
H-
I-
J-Joined Theta Chi fraternity
K-
L-
M-
N-Newspaper editor
O-
P-
Q-
R-Rarely eats fruits and vegetables
S-
T-
U-
V-
W-Watches a lot of movies
X-
Y-Younger brother
Z-

This assignment allows freedom of the teacher to decide what to do with it.

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