When should annotation be practiced?

Annotation is a strategy used with close reading, which is done with short, complex texts. Annotation and other close reading strategies should not be practiced with every text you read! This would 100% kill a kid’s love of reading, and that is the last thing we want to do as teachers!

Typically, close reading involves multiple readings of a short text, and annotation should happen during the first read (when students are working to understand the text). We’ll talk more about these multiple readings in an upcoming post!