PDF of Split-Notes for Quotes

Split Notes:  Quotes

This is a good form of note taking for longer selections.  Once you have determined the primary themes of the novel or work being studied, start looking for quotes that represent that theme.  Then, using the sample from “A Letter to Maggie” by James F. Slevin below, collect and explain the quotes.

Article Title: “A Letter to Maggie”

Author: James F. Slevin


Context & Explanation

“All this concern with evidence applies to class discussion…  We all want students to respond to one another so that we as teachers don’t become the mediator of every comment” (Slevin 63). Slevin has been discussing the importance of evidence.  Students should wrestle with evidence to create their own conclusions about ideas.  Too often, students simply regurgitate what the teacher says and that does not create independent thought or help students grow.  They should discuss evidence with each other rather than silently agree or disagree with the readings.
  1. Split your page down the center.
  2. Create one page for each article you are examining.  If you are collecting quotes while reading a novel, consider creating separate pages for specific themes / characters.
  3. Write an entire quote or the beginning of a quote on the left side of the page.  Include page numbers.
  4. Write who is speaking (and in what context) on the right.  Also provide a short explanation showing why this quote is significant to the theme being examined.  Pretend I am there asking you why this quote is important.
  5. Find quotes that exemplify / support the main ideas of the article.
  6. Find quotes that represent the primary conflict or problem in the article.
  7. Find quotes that you are drawn to, that you are passionate about, that you agree with, that you disagree with, etc.