Notes in the Margins

As you read, take some notes in the margins. A typology of marginal notes that will help you make good contributions to the class discussions.

Questions: seeking clarification, for discussion, further research or information

Identify key terms/points/claims.



Connections, parallels: to other readings, classes, or whatever

Labels: to help you see the structure of the document and find information later.

Note tensions or contradictions or dichotomies.

Respond to or disagree with the author. Make counter claims. Note alternative views.


Identify good examples.