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.
2. Create one page for each article you are examining.
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 the main ideas of the article.
6. Find quotes that represent the primary conflict or problem of the article.
7. Find quotes that represent ideas you are drawn to / repelled from.