What is Annotating?

What this IS:

  • Making notes as you read
  • Showing your thinking
  • Talking to the text
  • Understanding important words

What to WRITE:

  • Connections
  • Summary or Paraphrase 
  • Questions
  • Dialogue
  • Opinions/Reactions

What this IS NOT:

  • You do NOT need full sentences
  • Do NOT worry about grammar
  • Neatness does NOT count (as long as you can read it later)

Why we do this:

  • Keep our minds working.
  • Show what we are thinking.
  • Clarify or help us understand.

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How to Annotate

After you study a image or a page of images that you want to annotate on a NowComment document:

  • Highlight a section of an image or a set of images on the same page.
  • You will see a box for commenting with three places to write.
  • Write one of the 5 kinds of commenting in the top box.
  • Describe the section of the image that you have highlighted in the middle box.
  • Follow the sentence starters below for what to write in the bottom box

The BEST Annotations are A LOT of Annotations!!!


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