Reading in English
Annotation is an important tool in close reading. Annotation involves selecting symbols to represent different reading experiences (such as a question mark when you have a question or encounter confusing information, and a plus sign for new information, etc.) and recording those symbols near areas of the text where that experience occurs when reading. Annotation is not an end in and of itself. Annotation helps extend the conversation orally or in writing to help expand understanding.
Annotating Text Activity
You will now complete an activity in which you will begin by annotating a reading—an excerpt from Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave—then expand the annotations into a written response about the passage.
Reflect: Describe the annotation techniques during close reading that you prefer, and how you use them to gain a deeper understanding of the text.