Learning Annotations

This quarter, fifth and sixth-grade students in Mrs. Finch's English Language Arts class have been learning the skill of annotating a text. 

Nick Otten once said, "What the reader gets from annotating is a deeper initial reading and an understanding of the text that lasts. You can deliberately engage the author in conversation and questions, maybe stopping to argue, pay a compliment, or clarify an important issue—much like having a teacher or storyteller with you in the room. If and when you come back to the book, that initial interchange is recorded for you, making an excellent and entirely personal study tool." 

 
This quarter, fifth and sixth-grade students in Mrs. Finch's English Language Arts class have been learning the skill of annotating a text. Annotating is a close-reading strategy that allows students to connect to a text, recall important information more easily, and think critically about what they are reading. The students are annotating R.J. Palacio's Wonder, a story about a fifth-grade boy with a facial difference entering public school for the first time.  The students have been engaging in thoughtful discussions on themes of kindness, courage, and friendship. 
Caitlin Annotating5th grade annotation