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Text Annotation

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Transcript of Text Annotation

DO NOT
over-annotate!
= confusing
Beyond the Highlighter
Text Annotation
The Annotation Process
1. Preview: "Look around" the text before you start reading.
2. Annotate: Make your reading thinking-intensive from start to finish.
Mark up the margins of the text with words and phrases
Develop a symbol system
Hear yourself ask questions and mark them down
Use a highlighter ONLY if you explain the marks in the margins
3. Summarize and analyze: Take it apart, look at its parts, then put it back together in a language that is meaningful to you
4. Look for repetitions and patterns: words, phrases, examples, images, symbols, descriptions
5. Contextualize: Put the reading and your understanding in perspective. Consider the text's history, culture, its relationship to your own life, etc.
6. Compare and Contrast: Determine relationships between the text and other texts.
Metacognative Markers - Thinking Notes
In Other
Words
What is annotation in your terms?
Interrogating the text
Interacting with the text
A visible record of your thoughts
What is annotation?

Annotate - v. to furnish a literary work with critical commentary or explanatory notes

Develop a System
Tips:
Number each paragraph
Jot notes in the margins
Write neatly!
Draw arrows to connect ideas
Briefly explain every symbol
Keep a list of characters on the inside cover of books - mark page numbers/description
Practice makes perfect - not really perfect, but it helps!
Develop a System
Having a dialogue or conversation with the text
Benefits of Annotation
And deeper...
And deeper...
And deeper...
And deeper...
7. Analyze the text
8. Synthesize the text - create new knowledge by combining prior knowledge with what you learned through the reading
Make comparisons between the text and other texts and ideas
Participate in discussion
Participate in project-based learning
Write about what you read
9. Become a better reader!
10. Become a better writer!
You get to dive deeper into the text.
1. Learn the reading process
2. Track your understanding
3. Reflect on your reading
4. Make connections

Set a purpose
Make a plan
Preview the text
Activate prior knowledge
Make predictions
Read once for surface understanding
Read again to annotate
Read again and again if necessary
Analyze and interpret
Synthesize
Summarize
Clarify
Ask questions
5. Question the text
6. Respond with your own ideas and opinions
Use it every time you read
Abbreviate
b/c = because
+ = and
w/ = with
w/o = without
b/t = between
ex. = example
ev. = evidence
Use it every time you read
Symbols
! = I agree, I like this
x = I disagree, I don't like this
? - Raises a question for discussion
?? - Something is unclear/confusing
[ ] = example/evidence
O = Key/unfamiliar terms
* = important
_______ = Key ideas/thesis/themes
Bibliography
Gilroy, Susan. "Interrogating Texts." Harvard Library. August 2011.
Kramer, Debbie. "Annotating Text." http://prezi.com/ymeswfr91iio/annotating-text/.
Millican. "Marking a Text." http://www.literacyta.com/literacy-skills/marking-text
Millican. "Writing in the Margins." http://www.literacyta.com/literacy-skills/writing-margins.
Porter-O'Donnell, Carol. "Beyond the Yellow Highlighter." May 2004.
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