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Teaching Student Annotation: Constructing Meaning Through Connections

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Teaching Student Annotation: Constructing Meaning Through Connections

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Matthew D. Brown

Matthew D. Brown

Canyon Country, California


National Council of Teachers of English


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Jodi Williams

October 03, 2017

I adapted this lesson for my photography students who annotate their contact sheets - fantastic way to get them to critically think about their photo shoot more in depth. Thank you



December 22, 2016

This is a great lesson for introducing kids to annotation. Thanks, Matt! Great materials, well-explained, and easily adjustable for a range of learners.


Sarah Small

September 02, 2013

This is really fantastic. Thanks for all the great ideas. I'm excited to get my students fluent in annotations!


Brittany, 8th grade Comm. Arts

March 02, 2013

I am currently doing my student teaching and after browsing through ReadWriteThink, I found your lesson. I am about to start an argument lesson with my 8th graders and I have been drawn to your lessons on annotations. I was wondering if there was any way you could email me the PPT, I seem to be having the same troubles as others. Thank you in advance, I really do appreciate it!



February 14, 2013

Thank you for this. I'm glad to see that I am not alone in thinking that this skill has been overlooked a bit in the past years as we put so much focus on writing. The two, reading and writing, must go hand-in-hand. It is so well-prepared and organized that I feel I can just grab it and go!


Lisa Fink, RWT Staff

December 23, 2011

Sorry you can't access the PPT. I am emailing you a link!



December 03, 2011

Does anyone else have issues accessing the Pearl Powerpoint? I'm really thrilled to have found this lesson plan as I have been struggling with the best way to teach annotating. I just can't seem to get to the powerpoint though.



October 29, 2010

Finally....someone who has taken the time to put together an instruction on annotation. I barely knew what it was myself...to be honest. I sort of knew it....but not quite sure how to TEACH it. Thank you!!!! I'm using it throughout The Giver.The only suggestion....the sample annotation from Eleven doesn't print very well....comes out rather fuzzy. Just FYI. Otherwise - love it!



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