During past New York State ELA Tests, students encountered a listening piece. During the listening piece, students were encouraged to take detailed notes, as the passage did not appear on their test - students could only refer back to their notes in order to answer the questions (2 short responses and 1 long response in an essay form).
Grades 3-6 listen to a story (usually a folktale or fable) and take notes the second time that it is read to them. During the first read, they just sit back and listen to the story. 6th graders are allowed to take notes during both reads...usually because the story in sixth grade is a bit longer and more involved.
This type of skill is no longer tested on the new CCSS State Tests, nevertheless, taking notes and understanding how to take good notes, is an important life skill.
Listen to Rabbit And Tiger, A Vietnamese Folktale read by Mr. Hyman. Using strategies that you learned with Mr. Hyman (during our SMART Board lesson) as well as strategies that you learned from your classroom teacher, try to take detailed notes. When you are done, see if you can answer the following questions:
Visit Links Learning Audio Stories for more read-a-louds to help you practice taking good notes.