My seventh grade art students are given the assignment of reading a graphic novel. As they read, they take notes on the Elements of a Plot. They plot which scene in the book that they think is the rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, etc. This is something they are learning about simultaneously in Language Arts. They also illustrate this graphic organizer with scenes from the graphic novel. These are some of the really good ones this quarter.
I often take notes based on what I'm learning -- either from what I read, or during lectures I attend. I have always done it, and I'm sure it helps me to focus and to process what I'm learning. These were notes I made while reading a book called "But I'm not a Reading Teacher" by Amy Benjamin. These are a little more polished than the once I typically do, since I shared them with a book group I'm part of.