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Annotation

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What is "Annotating" exactly?
So, you've run across the word "annotate" while writing a paper and you're not exactly sure what your professor is asking for? Well, here's some things to help you out.
"Annotation"

is a close reading
technique that includes making your own marks in the text.
"The emphasis that our culture places on victims may be stronger than usual today, but it is traditional. Western intellectual culture is often sympathetic toward those who have lost out in political and military struggles, especially if the defeated peoples can be identified with a more natural, more idyllic world than the contradictory and artificial societies of the West. This came forcefully to my attention twenty years ago, when the publicity flyer for The Baltic Crusade noted that the "objects of the Baltic Crusade" were "victims in the march of conquest and trade." I had not intended to make that point quite so prominently, but the publicity agent surely had his fingers on the public pulse when he tied that phrase to a citation about the natives having lived "quiet lives like their ancestors, in which the cycles of birth, marriage, and death, plenty and famine, victory and defeat in war, and the monotony of daily work repeated themselves unnoted by outsiders." In short, innocent children of nature had been ravaged by cruel civilization. However prescient that may have been of today’s cultural wars, the situation in the medieval Baltic was much more complex than literate barbarians oppressing barbarian illiterates. Today, the publicity agent would surely have used the word victim".

Urban, William L. . "Victims of the Baltic Crusade." Journal of Baltic Studies 29, no. 3 (1998): 1-13.
is that true?
Where is that?
powerful language
why is that?
Let me guess, you're asking yourself what that looks like, right?
Things to Write down:
1. Remember to keep basic features and the structure of the writing in mind:
Ask questions like:
What kind of text are you reading?

(An essay? An editorial? A scholarly editorial?, etc.)

What's the author's purpose?

(To inform? To persuade? To call action?)
2. Note details that surprise, puzzle, or intrigue you:
Ask questions like:
Has the author revealed a fact or point that you didn't know before or expect?
(What is exactly surprising?)
Has the author said something you don't agree with?
(Can you think of evidence to counter act or go against this?)
Are there contradictions or inconsistencies in the text?
Does it contain words/phrases that you don't know?
(If so where do you want to look that up?
It may look like this:
But it doesn't have to! This is a way to make the text more understandable to
YOU
. So make it your own. Star, underline, circle, make smiley/sad faces, and
MAKE NOTES IN THE MARGINS.
3. Read and read it again to learn more:
Ask questions like:
What do you notice on the second and third readings that you didn't recognize earlier?
Did what you read raise questions that it doesn't answer?
If you could talk to the author, what questions would you ask him/her?
(Where would you agree and disagree with the author? Why?)
4. Apply critical thinking strategies to the visual text:
Ask questions like:
What do you notice first?
Who or what are the main objects the of the text?
What colors and textures are most dominate?
What is the background? (
(What is the foreground?)
What role, if any, do words play in the visual text?
Well, it's all about writing things down and asking questions really.
Don't know what to write?

Ideas from page 87
from the Bedford.
See pages 86-89
for more details and ideas.
CAC
Professor Draxler, Tiffany, Christina, Jade
Updated 2012
Cited:
NOTE:
ONLY make notes in the margins if the copy of the text is your own copy.
DO NOT MARK IN LIBRARY BOOKS
(The librarians and Professors who let you borrow books will not appreciate marks in their books). If you are using such a text: write down the page number of the book in a notebook and make any comments, questions, or symbols there instead.
Remember: Write down what you think is important and that will help you in class or on a paper. Try different things until you find what works for you!
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