When I hand these out I explain what I would expect students to write in the boxes. For instance, "Today we are going to listen to a podcast on the Declaration of Independence (the best document ever written- I do say this, because it is my favorite and then I usually talk about how it is hanging on my living room wall, etc). As you listen, I would like you to take notes in the appropriate boxes and we will discuss what you heard. I am not looking for something super specific- I want you to be able to reference this graphic organizer as we discuss and also you will have it as a review tool to help you study."

-Alizah Ross, AP Government educator at Wauwatosa East