Annotation READ WITH THE PEN IN HAND Be an active reader . . . Think when you read . . . Pause and reflect . . . IN THE MARGIN ? ! underline OR highlight WHAT IT MEANS I don’t’ understand this. This is new to me. I’m surprised by this! This is a shock! This is really important. I need to know this. The teacher repeated this and pointed it out more than once. I don’t know this word. * This is the answer on the study guide. This is the answer on the test. I noticed these word patterns or repetitions. Use these sparingly, to emphasize the very most important things in the reading. Look at all the things you underlined or highlighted only the most important. # This is a turning word, like “so” or “but.” This is a time word, like “when” or “next.” 1, 2, 3 To indicate the sequence of points the author makes in developing a single point or argument Pg.1 to indicate where else in the text the author made points relevant to the point marked; to tie up ideas in the book, which, though separated by pages, belong together Writing writing in the margins around the text to record questions, answers, to reduce a complicated passage into a simple statement, to record sequence of major points, to write your thoughts or connections you make to the text Use around any examples of figurative language such as symbolism, metaphors, alliteration, rhyming, etc.