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Annotating texts is a hugely important skill. This lesson helps guide 8th-12th grade students to become active readers. It's not an easy skill for them to learn and takes practice throughout the year.
The sample texts in this unit as well as the guidelines will help them learn how to annotate texts and how to apply those skills throughout their high school years. I've honestly had students come show me their tattered annotation guidelines that I gave them as 9th graders. They still have them as juniors and seniors! They're a great annotation tool.
The file includes:
- Fiction Annotation Guidelines - a full-page handout as well as a bookmark resource
- Non-Fiction Annotation Guidelines - a full page handout as well as a bookmark resource
- a completed fiction annotation example as well as a blank copy for students to practice using "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin
- a completed non-fiction annotation example as well as a blank copy for students to practice using an FDR speech
These annotation tools are aligned to the Common Core and use Exemplar texts for the examples.