Last year, I wrote a post titled Students Annotating Text. In it, I shared how and why we push students so hard to annotate text — both on paper and on the web — and shared their responses to my asking them what they thought the purpose behind it was.
I also added that post to My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.
The New York Times Learning Network recently shared a lesson plan called Practicing Useful Annotation Strategies. It has some useful ideas and links, particularly to a New York Times article called ‘What I Really Want Is Someone Rolling Around in the Text.’
I plan on adapting some of the materials for an expanded lesson on text annotation for our students, and will post about it when it’s done.