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  1. Annotating Texts

  2. What is annotation?

  3. Dictionary Definition:

  4. A note of explanation or comment added to a text

  5. A way of note-taking

  6. Dissecting a piece of text

  7. Marking relevant passages within the text

  8. Identifying purpose, tone, and devices in a text

  9. Helps you remember details

  10. Helps us connect personally to a text

  11. Enables understanding and analysis of the text

  12. Helps the reader connect with the author

  13. Helps the reader understand the author’s purpose

  14. Gives insight on the author’s feelings and ideas

  15. Helps us understand how the theme is portrayed

  16. Helps us remember what we first thought about the reading

  17. Helps us discover the writer’s style

  18. Helps us apply style in our own writing

  19. Helps us read between the lines and discover the deeper meaning

  20. Helps us understand characters, their motivations, and their functions.

  21. Shows there is more to the piece than what we see at first glance

  22. Helps us remember key plot points

  23. Considered research and planning for writing an essay

  24. Furthers knowledge and understanding of literary devices and their uses

  25. Furthers knowledge and understanding of rhetorical devices and their uses

  26. Enables us to learn a variety of writing styles and their unique purposes

  27. Helps identify and explain patterns in a text

  28. Organizes thoughts and provides us with notes for reference

  29. *Summarize important ideas in your own words.

  30. *Add examples from real life, other books, TV, movies, and so forth.

  31. *Note personal connections to characters, quotes, events, etc. occurring in the piece.

  32. *Mark passages that you find confusing with a ???

  33. *Write questions that you might have for later discussion in class.

  34. *Comment on the actions or development of characters.

  35. *Comment on things that intrigue, impress, surprise, disturb, etc.

  36. *Note how the author uses language.

  37. *Identify and explain the use of literary or rhetorical devices.

  38. *Underline or highlight unfamiliar words. You can come back and write a synonym or brief definition of

  39. these words in the margin.

  40. *Explain the historical context or traditions/social customs used in the passage.

  41. ~Suggested methods for marking a text:

  42. *If you are a person who does not like to write in a book, you may want to invest in a supply of post it

  43. notes.

  44. *If you feel really creative, or are just super organized, you can even color code your annotations by using

  45. different color post-its, highlighters, or pens.

  46. *Marginal Notes: Use the space in the margins to make comments, define words, ask questions, etc.

  47. *Brackets: If several lines seem important, just draw a line down the margin and underline/highlight only

  48. the key phrases.