Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Post for the week of August 13, 2012

I've been writing about annotation, so I thought I'd take some time and write about practical applications.

What is annotation? Annotation means taking notes when you read, either on the work itself or on post-its or on a separate sheet of paper

Why annotate?

1. It makes you pay attention and stay awake.
2. It encourages you to ask questions while you read and understand new ideas.
3. It helps you to have something to say in class.
4. It helps you remember ideas for quizzes.
5. It saves you a lot of time when you have to write a paper on a book.

Post-It Note Annotation Activity (one approach to active reading)

Please provide at least one post-it note for every five pages (or more or fewer, depending upon the activity and the student).  Students who prove they read very well without stopping for "strategies" shouldn't stop!

Information on the post it:
1)  A page number (so you know what page you were on when you have to move the post-it)
2)  A symbol (a little picture)
3)  A comment (a few words or a sentence)

Exclamation Point—Something that surprised you
Smile—Something that made you laugh
Question mark—Something that confused you
Star—Something you thought was important
Forward Arrow—Something that seems like foreshadowing
Backwards Arrow—Something that seems like a flashback
Clock—Shows a tense shift (goes from past to present, for example)
Skull and Bones—Something bad happens!
V—Means there’s a vocabulary word here that you need to look up

Also Google “annotations on Web pages” for some good free digital options!

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