Week 2: Two-Column Note-taking and Latin Roots

Two-column Cornell note-taking

You will learn a technique for taking two-column notes, which you will need for some assignments in this course. Two-column notes are a great study method for any course.

Vocabulary & Latin roots

You must know most of the words used in a text that you read to fully comprehend it, so it is important to constantly increase your vocabulary. One of the best ways to learn new words is to know Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes, which you will do each week.


  1. Watch PowerPoint demonstration of two-column notetaking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsR-10piMp4.
  2. Take two-column notes as you view the PowerPoint presentation.
  3. Write a short summary at the end of your two-column notes and submit with your notes as homework. Remember that a summary includes just the main points from a passage, not the smaller details, it is written in your own word, but does not contain your opinions.
  4. Research your first Dictionary Word (see Vocabulary PowerPoint) Please DO NOT use a word-of-the-day site. You will not remember/learn a word if you haven’t heard or seen it used in the “real world.” Also, be sure that you complete all five of the steps (shown in the PowerPoint), including a mnemonic that is either a picture (Word document — Insert — Online Pictures) or a rhyme.
  5. Take Latin Roots Quiz 1. Learn the following Latin roots for the quiz:
Latin English Words
equi equal equity, equivalent, equal
ann year anniversary, annuity, annual
astro star astronomer, astronaut, astronomical
aud hear auditorium, auditory, audit
auto self automobile, automatic, autobiography
bene good beneficial, benefit, benediction
bio life biology, bionic, biometric


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