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Annotation . By Krystle Marshall. Annotation (workshop description). In order to become a great writer, you must be an active reader. Do you have difficulty remembering what you read?

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By Krystle Marshall

annotation workshop description
Annotation (workshop description)
  • In order to become a great writer, you must be an active reader.
  • Do you have difficulty remembering what you read?
  • Annotation is a perfect tool for improving your reading skills while also helping you remember the assigned text.
  • By attending this workshop you will learn strategies on how you can become an active reader

What is the point (purpose)?

What is it?

  • -Annotation means making a critical or explanatory note. In other words, it is a comment that you may choose to write down in the margins of a text.
  • -Highlighting, underlining, circling a word, writing a definition or a comment in the margin are all examples of ways you can annotate.
  • -It will help you remember what you have just read.
  • -You can easily find passages in the text, if you need to look it up later
  • -It will allow you to engage in the text actively
  • -You will be able to have a thoughtful analysis as you read
active reading
Active reading
  • -“The difference between passive and active reading is like the difference between hearing and listening. You can hear what someone says without listening to the words, and you can read words passively without actively engaging in understanding in what they mean” (The Write Stuff 23).
  • -Active reading involves communication between you and the text: It’s a dialogue, not a monologue.
annotation rules
Annotation Rules
  • There are NO rules!!
  • There is no right or wrong way to annotate
  • BUT-Do NOT over annotate (it does a disservice for you when you go back and review)
  • Develop a system for reading that works for you and use it regularly!
the six steps for annotating the write stuff

Preview the reading.

  • (title, intro, first sentence, skim quickly, bold face, pictures)
  • Think about what you already know about the topic.
  • (tap into your prior memory and knowledge)


The Six Stepsfor annotating (The Write Stuff)
  • Create questions to begin your dialogue with the text.
  • (turn titles and subheadings into questions: who, what, where, when, how, etc..)



the six steps for annotating cont

Read in blocks

  • (Read 1-2 paragraphs or chapters at a time)


  • Write in blocks
  • (write after reading 1-2 paragraphs or chapters at a time. Highlight, underline, circle, comments, notes, questions, etc. )
The Six Stepsfor annotating (cont.)


  • Review and Answer
  • (go back and see if you can answer your questions or have new questions, make notes, etc. )


  • Annotation takes time. Being an active reader takes time.
  • These six steps will take longer than reading passively the first time you try it.
  • With practice, you will be able to do these steps faster and possibly do some steps in your head (step one, step two, step three).
always annotate
  • It will help you become a more engaged active reader
  • You will retain more of the information that you are reading
  • It saves you time-may not have to re-read
  • You will have notes later to review for class discussions, homework, quizzes and for writing assignments
  • Remember: there are NO rules when annotating. However, it is strongly recommended that you do not over annotate!