Keys to Literacy strategies can be very effective in the science classroom. However, it does not mean that you always have to use a 2-column note! To quote Renee, “you do not have to fit a square peg in a round hole!” We are going to give you some examples of an effective use of two-column notes and when’s it best to stick with another method! Currently, the BHS Biology classes are on the topic of DNA processes including replication, transcription, and translation. The 3 processes are independent processes but all connect to each other. It can be very confusing for students to sort out the independent details but see the big picture at the same time! Each process can be discussed individually as 2-column notes. Each process can be studied by examining the steps and the “central players”: Replication:
Transcription and Translation:
When comparing and contrasting the 3 process to see the big picture, 2-column notes are not the most effective strategy. Creating a comparison table and a hands-on model of the processes are the most effective methods for this big topic:
Comparing the major ideas of each process in a table.
Creating a visual map of the inter-relationship of the 3 processes As you can see from the above examples, 2-column notes have their place! Where it naturally fits, use it!!! Where it doesn’t fit, don’t force it!
- Brianna Cheever and Jill Graham