Annotating a Text

If you have a favorite author, you probably recognize his or her style. Conduct a close read of the text, marking it up as they go. Collaborative sharing time and a short summary writing prompt follow the main activity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Model how to mark up a text, sharing your thinking as you go
  • Create a key that uses different colors of highlighters or pens to note different elements within a text
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson requires printing a word bank and copies of text for learners
  • Includes teacher keys to demonstrate the proper way to annotate and respond to the piece of writing
  • Adaptable for use with a variety of texts
  • Loses focus near the beginning of the lesson by including a word bank activity that does not really connect to the rest of the activities