Scaffolded activity to help kids learn how to annotate text to increase comprehension. Highlighting and annotating a text is like having a “conversation” with a piece of writing – it allows you to ask questions, make comments, and mark passages and lines that you want to read again later.
Annotating a text with specific metacognitive markers will also help students find patterns such as similarities, differences, and relationships within it. Ultimately, annotating will help readers have a much better understanding of what you are reading.
Explicit instruction in annotation will increase the probability that students will internalize and use the skill.