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Annotating a Text

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Jim Oliver

on 27 August 2014

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Transcript of Annotating a Text

What we do as readers:
Can mark with
Making Inferences
I can mark with:
This means:
What does this mean for me?
Annotations: What are they?
End of year goal: You will be able to independently push your understanding, construct meaning, and draw conclusions through the use of annotations.
How we'll get there:
1. Each strategy will be independently introduced.

2. You will practice each strategy and build your knowledge through first semester.

3. By second semester, you will be ready to take on this practice independently.
Annotating a Text
The act of writing comments on a text to:
draw conclusions
areas of confusion
Annotations Across Content (All types of writing: stories, articles, novels, poems, etc.)
This means:
And then I can Write about this like . . .
Anticipating what is coming up in a text
I predict . . .
In this passage, I think _____ will happen.
follow plot
form opinions
make connections
become emotionally invested
This means:
And then I can write about this like . . .
Make decisions about what the evidence means
When the text says _____, I think it means _____.
Based on _____, I can infer that _____.
To make inferences:
Look at what the text says.
Connect to background knowledge.
Think about what the text implies.
Can mark with:
And then I can write about this like . . .
I read to clarify my understanding.
I wonder about what I read.
I ask "why?"
Who/ What/ When/ Where . . . ?
I wonder . . .
What if . . . ?
Why does . . . ?
Determining Importance
This means
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And then I can write about this like . . .
Identify significant details in the text which I might use as evidence in a discussion or writing assignment
This is important because . . .
My evidence will be . . .
The key point is . . .
Tracking Key Vocabulary
This means:
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I can write about this like . . .
Mark the most important words for understanding a text, unfamiliar words, and class vocabulary used
Making a note of the importance of key vocabulary
To determine a word's unknown meaning:
understand the context in which the word is used
explore the context clues
replace the unknown word with a known word or phrase
This means
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I can write about this like
Restate the meaning of a text in my own words every time I finish a section of my reading.
In this section . . .
(Who) did (What) (Where) (When) and (Why)
The main idea of part 1 is . . .
Monitoring Comprehension
This means
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I can write about this like . . .
Identify the part of a text where I stopped understanding what it is saying so that I can then figure out how to get "unstuck."
I am stuck because
I don't undersand . . .
I am confused by . . .
I think this means . . .
I didn't understand . . .
. . . but I see now that . . .
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