How and why to annotate? Make a key Three purposes
Make A Key Use a key that works for you!! MUST INCLUDE: At least three different “things” (underline, highlight, star, asterisk, question mark, exclamation…) Margin notes
3 Purposes 1. Helps you understand what you are reading a) Interact with the text. Ask questions and make connections. b) Mark important information (words, literary devices, punctuation, etc.) 2. Creates a study tool for you to use a) Can review for a future test/project/essay b) It’s better to read something thoroughly ONCE and then skim it the 2 nd /3 rd /etc… time! 3. Shows evidence of your work (skills & knowledge) a) I can only grade that which you submit!!
Ideas of What to Write Okay Ms. B., I understand that I need to annotate. But how do I do it, and how do I do it well!? Identify rhetorical devices AND their effects (what is it and what does it do?) Mark words that you don’t know AND find and write the definition Write about the author’s thesis, audience, purpose, tone, and historical context, and also ideas that you like/dislike! *** Remember, reading and annotating should take you about 5 minutes per page of text!! If it’s taking longer, scale down the amount of annotating that you are doing. If it’s taking less time, add to your annotations!