How to Teach Two-Column Note Taking

Helping Students Take Notes to Support Comprehension and Writing


We are excited about your interest in taking this online course supported by Education World from Keys to Literacy. Below you will find a brief course description, the instructor's biography, and course FAQ's. We estimate that this course will take 7 hours to complete. Once you have completed it, you may request the 7 hours of Professional Development towards your teacher licensure re-certification. Use the one page description sheet below to share with your administrators to make sure you can use this towards your Professional Development/Licensure plan. If you have any questions please email us at "[email protected]".

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This course is appropriate for any educator who teaches in grades 4 through 12. The course provides professional development for teaching note taking in any subject. You will learn numerous instructional practices for a variety of literacy skills that students must learn in order to take quality notes. You will also learn scaffolds that can be used used to differentiate your instruction to meet individual student needs.

In this course you will:

  • Learn why note taking is a helpful comprehension strategy
  • Be introduced to the two-column note format
  • View classroom examples of notes from text and non-text sources
  • Learn how to teach note taking, including note taking sub-skills such as main idea skills and paraphrasing
  • Learn how to teach note taking from expository and narrative text
  • Learn multiple scaffolds to support students who struggle with note taking
  • Learn how to teach note taking from lecture
  • Learn how to use two-column notes to teach vocabulary
  • Learn how to teach students to use two-column notes to gather information from sources before writing


The course is asynchronous, which means you can log on and off multiple times to complete the course assignments at your own pace.

Technology Required

A computer and access to Microsoft Powerpoint for downloads. Several downloads in this course with classroom examples will be in Microsoft PowerPoint format.

Need to get your Professional Development Credits approved by your administration? Download the course description here.

Your Instructor

Keys to Literacy
Keys to Literacy

Keys to Literacy is a professional development and consulting company specializing in literacy instruction. Their training programs are built upon the most current literacy research and best instructional practices that are tightly aligned with Common Core and other state standards. Instructional practices are relevant for general educators as Tier I core instruction for all students, and to special educators as Tier II support instruction.Click here to visit the Keys to Literacy website to learn more about our work.

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