Annotating Readings for Understanding

What is Annotating?

“Annotating is any action that deliberately interacts with a text to enhance the reader’s understanding of, recall of, and reaction to the text. Sometimes called “close reading,” annotating usually involves highlighting or underlining key pieces of text and making notes in the margins of the text.” (“Reading and Studying Strategies”)

This can also ask you to circle words you do not understand and then look them up to help you better comprehend what you are reading.

Annotating a Text


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Introduction and Thesis to Response Essay

Our modern world is filled with superhero movies. Superheroes have become an important part of the world around us. However, are superheroes just entertainment or more? In his book, Supergods, Grant Morrison makes the argument that superheroes have a power we may not actually realize is there. Morrison, in the introduction to Supergods is ______________ because _______________________________.


You need to fill in the blanks:

  1. Deciding whether you agree, disagree, or both

  2. Reasons why you have the position of agreement, disagreement, or both.


Essay 3 – Thesis and Introduction Exercise


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Peer Review for Essay 2

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For this essay you want to look closely at the following:

  1. Is there strong thesis statement, one that clearly indicates what you are describing for us and why?

  2. Is there a good and solid definition of superhero or supervillain or otherwise provided to us?

  3. Is there good, strong research provided that helps lay out credible reporting on the topic?

  4. Is there a good use of sources, integrated, cited, and explained?

– Check also for grammar and other proofing errors as well.

– Provide any constructive feedback you may wish to