i need an outline for what i should take notes on while i read a book because when i finish reading i need to write a book analysis.

thanks in advance

Keeping a reading log or reading journal is the best way to remember what you read and what you were thinking about when you read it. Here are some websites with further explanations and examples:



And here are the instructions I give to students at the beginning of each semester:

Directions for Keeping a Reading Log

1. Write in a spiral-bound or 3-ring, 8½ x 11-inch notebook.

2. The format for a good reading log is this:

~Take your notebook and draw or fold a line running vertically down the center of each page so you have two columns approximately 3" wide each.

~Put the date and the title and author of the assigned reading at the very top of the page. You should also keep track of page numbers as you go, so you will be able to reference ideas later in the semester.

~At the top of the left column, write NOTES; at the top of the right column, write RESPONSES.

~As you read (during your second reading, as explained on pp. 2-4 and 8-10 in The Riverside Reader) or participate in a study group in or out of class, write your notes paraphrase, quotation, or summary) or questions in the NOTES column, leaving the corresponding space in the right column blank for the present.

~Later, go back and reread your notes. Then add your responses in the empty column as you reflect on the whole reading. You may use this space to answer any questions you posed (even if your question was “What does the author mean by _________?”), to comment on anything you found particularly important, fascinating, well written, confusing, etc. Responses may be written when you are alone or in a study group.

~As you practice, you will develop processes and patterns for yourself. You will find this one of the ways to become a more active reader. (It is also a helpful method when dealing with difficult textbooks.)

~This is a good study technique to use in any subject area, and there are many ways to vary it, including the following:
~~>instead of making columns on each page, use the left page of an open notebook for NOTES and the right page for your RESPONSES;
~~>across the top of the first page of a reading selection, write a statement about the work, so you'll know what each group of notes is referring to;
~~>at the end of each reading selection, write a very brief summary of that set of notes.

  1. 👍 0
  2. 👎 0
  3. 👁 79
asked by cassidy

Respond to this Question

First Name

Your Response

Similar Questions

  1. essay

    I am supposed to do an essay on the 5 people you meet when you go to heaven. Do you think I should read whole book first and then do outline or take notes and make outline as i go along?

    asked by lisa on August 24, 2011
  2. AP World History

    What's the best way to read the chapter? For my class. We must read the chapter, takes notes, as well as identify people and terms/concepts. We also have to answer study questions. I soon discovered an online student center where

    asked by Anonymous on December 2, 2008
  3. maths

    on monday. Anna read 25% of her book.On Tuesday, she read 30%of her book.On Wednesday she read 25% her book.On Thursday she read 25% of her book.She still has 10% of her book left to read.How is this possible?

    asked by Oyama Mandindi on May 25, 2017
  4. to mikh

    sorry i read reply so late you read the book "a few notes for orpheus?

    asked by Mohammad on February 13, 2012
  5. english

    i read this book and if anyone read it, please be able to help me with questions? 1D_SS_CA_A Few Notes For Orpheus . d o c

    asked by Mohammad on February 13, 2012
  6. English

    i need notes on each chapter of the book The Wave by todd strasser please if u can thank you http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=utf-8&fr=slv1-adbe&p=The+Wave+by+todd+strasser Since this book was copyrighted in 1981, and copyrights

    asked by Anonymous on January 31, 2007
  7. Taking notes

    What are some of the steps…. taking notes while preparing for a outline, introduction, etc.? ****I HAVE ONE AND NEED SOME HELP. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO BE SURE I AM ON THE RIGHT TRACK WITH TH EONE I HAVE SO FAR**** 1. For best

    asked by confused by adverbs and adjectives on October 7, 2010
  8. "write a paragraph on book's thesis"?

    I'm going into AP (advanced placement) European History, grade 10, and our summer reading assignment was to read a A World Lit Only By Fire, a book about the tenaissance. Along with this assignment, I'm required to write a

    asked by christine on August 31, 2005
  9. Math

    Tricia read 1/4 of her book on Monday. On Tuesday, she read 36% of the book. On Wednesday, she read 0.27 of the book. She finished the book on Thursday. What percent of the book did she read on Thursday?

    asked by Betsy on February 19, 2013
  10. Oral Book Report

    My book is titled The Battle Of The Labyrinth. I have to do a Sentence Outline for this Oral Book Report. But i don't know where to start from to write my sentence outline. Should i go over the book again, or just find important

    asked by Losa on October 7, 2012

More Similar Questions