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Annotating Informational Text

By: Jasmin Benitez, Philecya J. Ellison, and Penny Cheek
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Jennifer Schuelke

on 7 July 2013

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Transcript of Annotating Informational Text

How To Annotate Informational Text
When annotating informational text, follow these 7 steps.
1. Note Author's Purpose at the top of your page. (Entertain, Inform, Persuade)
To find the Author's Purpose:
Facts/Information= To Inform
Fiction= To entertain
Trying to get you to do something?=Persuasion
2. Note organizational pattern at top of page and
HIGHLIGHT
cue words
Chronological Order: You can find this out by seeing if there are certain times and dates therefore it being chronological order. Ex. Biography
Description: list attributes or characteristics
Compare & Contrast is shown when the author compares two or more things Ex: A comparison between eukaryote cells and prokaryote cells
Organization Patterns
3. Number the paragraphs and underline the topic sentence (main idea)
How to find topic sentence:
Sometimes the topic sentence can be at the beginning, middle, or even at the end of the passage. First , read the passage, then figure out which sentence states the main idea. Underline this sentence.
Use your underlined sentences to create your summary.
4. Circle new and important words
Important or key words are words that describe who,what, when,where etc. They are usually words you'd find in a summary. You would circle these words and other words you're not familiar with.
5. Identify text features:
-title
-headings/ subheadings
-captions
-graphs, charts, tables
-footnotes
6. Make Connections
The underlined sentence is the topic sentence because the rest are details.
In margin state why the author is using the text feature
Make connections

- text to self
- text to world
-text to text
7.Note Questions:
Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How
?
Note questions
-research ideas further

Problem/Solution is shown when the author presents a problem and ends with a solution to the problem.
Cause/Effect is shown when the author identify an issue or problem and gives effects of the issue.
You must research words or concepts that you do not understand!!!
Download the following apps to make your job easier:
dictionary.com
Meriam-Webster.com
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