Presentation on theme: "Annotating Literature"— Presentation transcript:
1Annotating Literature A Guide to Active ReadingMost people want to know why is reading in school so different than reading at home, and why is it so much more difficult…Why do we need to know this??When am I ever going to use this in real life?Annotating does not only build up your ability to speak figuratively about literature but allows you insights into human nature and can actually teach you a lot about yourself. It also builds critical thinking skills and sharpens the mind (it’s like a big puzzle!!)No, your boss will never come to you and say “…”Working in just about any field requires you to be able to identify people’s character traits, your surroundings, etc…YOU DO THIS EVERY DAY!!!
2Definition of Annotation A critical or explanatory note or body of notes added to a text. (n)There is not a wrong way to annotate. There is not a right way to annotate.There are more effective and less effective ways to write critical or explanatory notes in a text.
3When do I annotate? When the text is difficult When you are reading for something specificWhen you will use the information for another purposeWhen you’d like to comprehend the text more effectivelyWhen you have a difficult time staying focused and engaged in the reading
4Why do I annotate? It improves comprehension It improves retention Students must process information in order to put information into their own words.It improves retentionAnnotation requires students to think about information. The notes created serve as a reminder of that information and the reader’s reactions.It improves efficiencyAnnotation keeps students’ attention toward the task and provides a structure for studying or reading independently.
5What do you think the title has to do with the text? BEFORE YOU READ… To help you make appropriate annotations….PREVIEW THE TEXTWhat do you think the title has to do with the text?Who is the author?What time period was the piece written in?How is the text structured?Are you given any visuals?Is the text non-fiction or fiction
6NEXT… CONSIDER YOUR PURPOSE Why are you reading and how will you use the text?Do you need a basic understanding?Are you looking just for the main ideas?Do you need detailed comprehension of the book?Will you need a complete analysis?Authors did not sit down and write with the mindset that some literary PHDs would criticize and analyze it years later. They wrote it to both inform and entertain their readers. They usually were commenting on some thing, event, issue, etc…Writing was their way of expressing themselves and/or proving a point or discussing a critical issue to the time period.
7ANNOTATING OBJECTIVES… To identify the author’s most important points.To recognize how they fit together.To note how you respond to them.We all get something different out of what we read, so it would be 100% unfair of me to require your annotations to mirror mine.
8WHEN YOU ANNOTATE… Underline and highlight passages. Make written notes in the margins of texts to identify the most important ideas, the main examples or details, and the things that trigger your own reactions – Make note of your reactions.Devise a notation system.Use post-it notes to help organize thoughts if using a school novel. Reference on the post-it note what you’re referencing to (plot, character, symbols, connection to era…)You’re not going to know everything yet. You annotate as you go. It would be very easy to read an entire story and then go back, but you’re exploring the text. You and the text should be like BFF, and this is where you’re getting to know one another.*But Ms. K,-I don’t know WHEN to annotate…LOOK FOR WHEN YOUR IDEAS, PERCEPTIONS, OR UNDERSTANDING CHANGES!VISUALIZE THE STORY!!!-Your first instincts are usually right on. If something tells you, “man, they sure have been talking about this one color a lot.” THEN HEY…MAYBE THE COLOR IS A SYMBOL!Examine front and back coversRead the title and any subtitlesExamine any illustrationsExamine the printExamine the way the text is set upAs you do all this, make predictions…Write questions and/or comments in the margin.Mark confusing parts of the piece or sections that warrant a rereadRead a few paragraphs at a time.
9Let’s Review! What is annotation? When do I annotate? Why do I annotate?What might I annotate for?Depends on your purpose! How do I annotate?Let’s practice!
10Annotating a Non-Fiction article (biography about Salinger) Consider overall structure.How does the writer present the argument and prove it? Think about the writer’s argument and tone and how these are achieved.Analyze the diction and syntax used to express point of view. Look at sentence structure.Consider the writer’s purpose: to explain, to persuade, to describe, to entertain, to editorialize, etc and how he or she achieves this.Define any unknown terms.Be aware of and record your personal reactions and questions.
11“WHAT WILL I BE REQUIRED TO ANNOTATE IN The Catcher in the Rye?
12Character Information Introduction and analysis of character (what is this person like?)Changes in attitudes or beliefs of character throughout novelActions of the character that help explain who he isEvents that have shaped the character and his personalityAnything else that strikes your attentionReactions you have to what is being said and done in the novel (judgment of character and his actions/thoughts)
13Literary Devices Symbols (colors, settings) Irony (situational, verbal, dramatic)Conflict and resolutionTheme—life lesson learnedAnything else that stands out as important
14At the end of each chapter… Summarize what you have read for yourself2-3 sentences stating the main points of the chapterWhat do you think you should remember?
15KEEP IN MIND…The more precise your marks are and the more focused your notes and reactions, the easier it will be to draw material from the text into your own writing.
16SO, BE SELECTIVE…The unfortunate tendency is to underline (or highlight) too much of a text. DON’T DO THIS! A good reader will mark sparingly, keeping the focus on the truly important elements of a writer’s ideas and his or her own reactions. If you are using another system, notes or post-its, you may/may not have a post-it for every page
17MOST IMPORTANTLY… Don’t let this scare you! Everything you say is useful!