8Annotation in Grades 6-8BEFORE YOU ANNOTATE – Read the piece once through.On your second read:Start with a purpose – If not given something specific to look for as you read, use the title and headings to create a question at the top of your page.Number each paragraph.Underline:The major points.Any figurative language and note the type (e.g. simile).“Rule of 5” – Try not to underline more than 5 consecutive words. If too much is underlined, then nothing stands out.
9Annotation in Grades 6-8Circle keywords or phrases that are confusing or unknown to you. Write definitions in the margin.Use a question mark (?) for questions that you have during the reading. Be sure to write your question.Use an exclamation mark (!) for things that surprise you, and briefly note what it was that caught your attention.Draw an arrow (↵) when you make a connection to, have a thought about, or reaction to something text. Briefly note your connections, thoughts, or reactions in the margins.Write a brief summary when done.