BTS Annotation Bookmarks for any Literary or Nonfiction Text: Reading Strategies

Apples for Literature
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This eye-catching and colorful bookmark is the perfect back-to-school student gift, but it’s effective at any time of the academic year!

Do your students struggle with reading comprehension, vocabulary, or author’s craft? Do you need to remind them that there is a difference between reading like a reader and reading like a writer? Are your students frequently forgetting literary terms or techniques? 

This rigorous and interactive bookmark is meant to be printed double-sided. It’s a quick reference guide about how to critically annotate a literary text. This bookmark would also be great for Standard Level, Honors, and AP Lit/Lang students.


  • Double-sided bookmark
  • Printing instructions for the teacher

Bookmark Contents:

  • Reminders about what annotation looks like & techniques for students to try
  • Reminders about what to react about as a reader
  • Reminders about what to analyze as a writer or in appreciating author’s craft
  • An organized list of literary devices broken down by text type, structure features, language, and experimental elements

How to Use:

  • Print it yourself according to the suggested instructions
  • Consider printing on card stock and laminating


Make sure you have a computer application appropriate to open the zipped file, PDFs!


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This resource was published on August 16, 2015. It was recently updated on July 11, 2019. Created by Laura Neugebauer, © Apples for Literature

Keywords: CCSS, common core, informational texts, fiction texts, annotating, annotation, active reading, reading strategies, close reading, literary analysis, bookmark, literary terms

Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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