Cooperative Learning: Evaluating
and Correcting Note Cards
Directions: With a partner evaluate one another's
note cards. Use the following questions to guide your discussion. Write answers
to the questions for your partner's note cards. Use your partner's
answers to guide your efforts as you continue the writing process.
- What is
your partner’s thesis statement and the three things he/she is trying to
- Which note cards do NOT contain complete
information? Each note card should have a source’s author or shortened
title, reason heading, a note, page numbers of the source (if available),
and quotations marks if the information is a direct quote. Help your partner
fix incomplete note cards.
- Which note cards seem unrelated to the topic or to the
controlling idea? Why? Have your partner check with a teacher to see if
those cards need to be thrown away. Write your name
below this question and write “Okay” or “Check with teacher.”
- Which of your partner's note cards are most
- Choose one note card with a direct quotation that
would be more effective as a paraphrase, and identify it by writing the
first three words of the note. Then, on a separate sheet of paper, write
your paraphrase of the note.
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