Annotating Texts

This strategy will help students to: guided annotation of a text including summarising, circling, underlining and making margin notes, can improve student understanding of new concepts and helps students to engage in study skills.


  1. Read the allocated text to the class. All students should have their own copy of the reading to annotate.
  2. Then, model to the students how they would find the main idea in the text. You might like to circle or underline supporting details that helped you to identify the main idea.
  3. Model to the students questions that you had as you read through the text, writing the questions in the margins.
  4. Identify connections to other texts and ideas (text to self, text to text, text to world) making notes about these connections in the margins.

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