Annotations Taking Notes While You Are Reading Annotations are written notes that show you are thinking about and engaging with the text. As you work with your text, consider all of the ways that you can connect with what you are reading. Here are some suggestions that will help you with your annotations: Insightful Annotations 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Summarize a section or paragraph and highlight supporting details Make an Inference and highlight supporting details Make Connections (Self-to-Text, Self-to-World, Text-to-Text) Mark areas of confusion and writing an “I wonder…” question Identify and clarify what an author really means when using figurative language Identify and label text structures such as cause/effect; problem/solution; compare/contrast; steps in a procedure; chronological 7. Draw a picture when a visual connection is appropriate. 8. Offer an analysis or interpretation of what is happening in the text Vocabulary Annotations 1. Circle an unfamiliar word, highlight context clues in the text, and write inferred definition in the margin Stay Away From 1. 2. 3. 4. I like this. I don’t like this. This confuses me. Circling a word and leaving it.