Focused Note Taking

Expectations and Policies

Grade Level Requirements

Semester 1

6th Grade: 1 per week

7th Grade:

  • 1st nine weeks: 2 per week
  • 2nd nine weeks: 3 per week

8th Grade:

  • 1st nine weeks: 3 per week
  • 2nd nine weeks: 4 per week

Note: 6th grade requirements do not begin until students have mastered the process

Semester 2

6th Grade:

  • 3rd nine weeks: 2 per week
  • 4th nine weeks: 3 per week

7th Grade:

  • 3rd nine weeks: 4 per week
  • 4th nine weeks: 5 per week

8th Grade:

  • 3rd nine weeks: 5 per week
  • 4th nine weeks: 6 per week

Grading Policy

Focused notes are due on a weekly basis, at the end of the week

    • If a student has a planned absence (field trip, doctor's appointment, vacation , etc) they are still expected to turn in their notes on time.

Graded on rotating criteria

    • Completion with 3-2-1
      • 3 Questions/Chunks
      • 2 Colors other than original written color
      • 1 Summary and essential question
    • Using the Focused Note Rubric

Students may resubmit notes at any point during the nine-week grading period for a higher grade

Notes may be turned in late