by: Virginia Volpe, Jaime Kotarakos, Theresa Bergeron
Two-column notes have been an effective strategy in all content areas. They are very useful in helping students find main ideas, supporting details in textbooks, organize their thoughts for writing assignments, and preparing for tests and quizzes. It has become a great study strategy technique for students.
Many students can become overwhelmed by the amount of background information examined and collected when researching topics. Some students have difficulties distinguishing between facts and opinions when reviewing their evidence. The Two Column Notes Strategy is a good tool to help students’ identify misconceptions when organizing historical facts. One variation I found to be very beneficial is having students create Two Columns Notes with the headings, Fact/ Opinion or as seen in the student sample below, Myth/Fact.
The students had fun with this project. They enjoyed sharing their work and they were intrigued with the information they discovered.