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Copy of "Reading with a pen" palette for annotating texts

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April Smith

on 18 August 2013

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The 'Reading with Your Pen' Method
V ocab
Why anotate texts?
If you disagree
for anotating texts
Easy, right?
Anotating a text is the best way to help you actively think about what you're reading and so you can get more out of everything you read.

It helps you build critical thinking skills by "talking back" to the text.
with an authorial choice,
Underline a word you don't know (or can't pronounce) and in the margin, write a "V" with a box around it so you can look it up later.
though there are officially 20 ways to "read with a pen," we're going to focus on the top ten most effective (several of these are sort of 2-in-1)
draw a smiley face when you come across something that makes you laugh or smile, and explain why in the margin
...and say why in the margin
around a sentence you think is the main idea, thesis, or organizing concept of the text you're reading
UNDERLINE a sentence you find SURPRISING. Draw exclamation point and say why in the margin. IF the sentence is confusing or you have a question about it, underline it and draw a QUESTION MARK.
draw a little lightbulb and then write a specific comment about an idea you had while reading the sentence you found useful or what it made you think about.
draw an A in a box in the margin if you "hear" the author speaking vs the character, or, if IT'S NONFICTION, and you sense the author's personal whims interfering with her argument OR if you like what author says. Write why.
in the margin next to a word or concept that you learned about in another class or another part of your life. Write what you remember about it.
Remember that you can use the ones that help you the most. The more you use them, the more they will help your reading comprehension and your ability to write better papers faster.
Write an "E" next to a part of the text where an event is described. In margin, write what you think the cause and effect is of the event.
Make an ASTERISK * when you find a sentence or passage that you can connect to your own life, or to something you've read in the news
Make an asterisk with a parenthesis or a circle around it (in the margin, and underline the specific sentence or words) so you can use it as textual evidence for an upcoming essay. That way, you won't be searching all through the book the second time you're reading.
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