How to Annotate a Text Sample

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Annotating a text sample means you are taking notes on the text, highlighting words you feel are important to the text, writing common links to other text samples you have read and writing any questions you have in regards to the text sample. Annotating text samples help you gain a better and deeper understanding of the text than you would by just reading it over as it compels you to reread the text and contemplate its meaning more intensely.

Things You'll Need

  • Highlighter
  • Dictionary
  • Read the text passage two or three times to get a better understanding of the text. Look up any words you do not understand in the dictionary. This will help you figure out whether or not the text is important enough to be annotated.

  • Highlight or underline any words that appear important to you. Write notes on the sides of the words as to what you think the words imply or their significance to the text.

  • Write any questions you have in regards to the text or words you have highlighted. Write samples of similar words and how, if used, they may change the meaning of the original text. Write down research you want to do in regard to the text sample. Write down any links from the text to other text samples you have read of a similar context.

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