Modern World History Summer Assignment
Dear Incoming Freshmen:
Your Modern World History teachers are very excited to meet you! In Modern World History, you will study the modern world; defined as the period from 1500 to the present. Your summer assignment will give you a preview of the reading for the first instructional unit, which covers the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, and will allow you to practice the Cornell note-taking system you will use in your history classes.
- Read these pages from your textbook (History Alive! World Connections), starting with the section on the Scientific Revolution.
- Use the Cornell note system to take notes on your reading and summarize what you learned.
How to Take Cornell Style Notes
Step One: Record
- Prepare your notepaper by creating a two-column table. The lefthand column should take up about 1/3 of your writing space, leaving the remaining 2/3 for recording information. Use only one side of each sheet of notepaper.
- Record information on what you read in the big column on the right side of your paper.
- Summarize and paraphrase (restate in your own words) the facts and ideas presented. Record definitions as stated or written.
- Indicate changes in topic with headings or by leaving a space between topics
- Number, indent, or bullet key ideas presented with each topic.
- Use short sentences, abbreviations, and symbols. This will increase your note taking speed.
- Write legibly so your notes make sense to you later.
- Edit as soon as possible.
Step Two: Question
- Come up with questions based on the information recorded in your notes and write them in the smaller column on the left-hand side of your paper. Questions should focus on specific definitions and “big ideas”.
Step Three: Summarize
- Write a summary of the main ideas using your own words. This is the best test of how well you understand the information.
- Use a section at the bottom of each sheet of notes to write your summary or write a summary of all the notes on the last page of your note sheets.
Use the following template for your notes:
Sample Cornell Notes:
Your finished Cornell notes are due on the first day of class. If you have any questions about this assignment, please email your teacher at their Menlo address.