This tool give students an overview of what annotation is and some symbols to help them begin to annotate a text. I use this with students unfamiliar with annotating and we target specific literary devices within a text to annotate.
I've used this to help students annotate the text using symbols that they're already familiar with. Beside mini-plot diagrams, I've incorporated different emojis, such as the house for setting or painter's pallet for imagery, to help connect the language of emojis that students generally understand to more complex literary terms and ideas. The two-sided handout should be folded in half to create a mini-booklet that students can reference as they read short stories, novels, or poetry.
Tips for Using this Tool: I generally model drawing these on the board for my reluctant artists. Most students really like the idea, but I show them that my painter's pallet, for example, looks more like a sideways egg with a chunk cut out rather than a true pallet and that it's okay as long as they (and I) can recognize the image. I tried to purposefully choose emojis that are not too alike so that even a so-so artist, like myself, is able to replicate the images to a recognizable point.
Note: Please see the image detail to make sure this is useful for your class before you purchase. I know annotating is very specific to a classroom.