The purpose of these annotation stations is to help students analyze, evaluate, and apply a variety of different skills when annotating an informational text. The standards met for this activity include RI.9-10.4, RI.9-10.5 and RI.9-10.9. NOTE: This resource works for ANY informational text passage.
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This resource includes:
-Detailed teacher directions
-Eight (8) station cards covering
--Author’s main idea
--Author’s word choice
-Clear markings for the annotation process for students
1. The annotation station task cards are in the zipped file titled “Annotation Stations”. Download them and print them for the number of students you have. NOTE: There are 2 to a page, so if you have 20 students, you only need to print 10. Also, if you’re trying to save paper, just print one per station and ask students to complete their answers on their own sheet of notebook paper or directly on the informational text article.
2. On the last 2 pages of the “Annotation Stations” document, there are labels. I use small bins from the dollar store to put all of the materials and the station task cards (see the picture below). Label them 1-8. I included highlighters, sticky notes, colored pencils, pens, etc. in the bins for easy access.
3. There are 8 stations. Divide students into 8 groups and assign them to a station. I would suggest at least 15-20 minutes per station (may run for 2 days considering how long your class period is).
4. At the end of the stations, each student should have 8 cards (or a completed notebook if you’re using a notebook instead of the cards). Have students staple their cards or paper to their article and turn them in to the tray.
At each station, each student will complete a variety of different annotating techniques to successfully analyze and evaluate the deeper meaning of the informational text.
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