An Annotation MethodUse one of the annotation methods toclear up confusion while reading:• Sticky NotesPlace sticky notes next to passagesthat cause confusion so that you canreturn to them.• HighlightersUse highlighters to mark places youunderstand (pink) and places that areconfusing (yellow).
Good Highlighting: Thisrepresents an example of a good highlighting technique. Focusing on key ideas and terminology.
Bad Highlighting: Just because you are highlighting the text doesn’t mean you are doing it effectively. Do not highlight everything.
Marking TextMarking text helps readers pay attention andremember what they read. Try this markingmethod as a way to increase readingcomprehension:• Assign codes to the types of thinking in whichyou engage. As you read, mark these codes nextto the passages in the text that trigger these kindsof thinking and explain the connection. o C = connection reader makes to own life and text o ? = questions reader has about text o I = inference or conclusion reader draws from text
Double-entry Diaries (DED)DEDs are similar to taking notes.But are a good Comprehension Technique. Try some ofthe following DED strategies:• Divide page in half with questions and main ideas onthe left and specific information on the right.• Divide page in half with direct quote from text andpage number on the left and thinking options on theright (reader’s reactions). A sample of this type of DEDis on the next slide.• Divide page in half with facts or details on the leftand author’s message on the right.• Divide page in half with confusing part in text on theleft and reader’s attempt to get unstuck on the right.• Divide page in half with new/confusing vocabularyon the left and reader’s knowledge on the right.
Here is a sample DED:
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