Summarizing and Note Taking

SMART Notebook Ideas

  • Smart Tools for Literary Analysis or Close Reading

  • Summarizing and Note Taking Ideas

Office and Other Templates

Web Resources


  • Notepad

  • Evernote & Skitch

Web-based Programs

  • Online Highlighter -  Users can create a free account, highlight text, change the highlight color, and add notes. All highlights can be saved for future reference.
    Penzu - Online Journal - Users can add pictures and email the journal to others if desired.  Some teachers have students email their journal at the end of the week.
    Lino - Online Stickies -Create a group and post stickies, pictures and videos to your free online canvas.
    Tagxedo- (Similar to Wordle) Turns words into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.
    Padlet (formerly Wallwisher)- Online bulletin board--Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily.
    Wordle- Used to generate “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.