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What is Post-It Response Notes?

"Students use small sticky notes to mark spots in the text, jotting responses, flagging important passages, noticing aspects of the topic, or showing thinking strategies they're trying out. They then refer to these notes in discussions or while doing other work after they read." Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading// By Daniels and Zemelman


Why use Post-It Response Notes?

"Occasionally, most of us have looked back after half an hour of reading to realize we have no idea what we just read. Tracking and returning to important spots in our reading is something that all competent readers do, particularly with material for a course or pother practical purpose. So this strategy helps students become aware of information or elements in the text, and their responses to it, without lengthy note-taking. And when the notes mark particular concepts, facts, or thinking strategies that you the teacher, wish to emphasize, they help students actively watch for them. Sticky notes are thus a great tool for supporting many of the during-reading strategies that follow." Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading// By Daniels and Zemelman


How to use Post-It Response Notes:
  1. When students first try this thinking tool, give a few simple directions about what they should watch for as they read, and what to write on their sticky notes.
  2. Students like using multiple colors of notes to distinguish between various kinds of responses. The small note don't take up a lot of space. A supply of larger notes is also great for occasions when students have more to say about some question or idea.
  3. If you need to assess this work, ask students to place the page number where they'd attached it on each note, and to then transfer the notes to a separate piece of paper with their names on it.
Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading// By Daniels and Zemelman



Example:

When reading the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, the students should have a Post-It note for each provision under the individual amendment. The students should read the provision and write what they think the main point of that provision is. They can use Post-It notes of other colors to pick out words they need to discuss and questions they may have.