Annotation BookMarks: Poetry Lesson

Annotation BookMarks: Poetry Lesson


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Grade Level: 7th - 12th (can be modified for younger students with age-appropriate reading selections)

Practice annotation and poetry interpretation with this multisensory guide.

What is annotation?

Annotation is a conversation with text through bits and pieces of writing. Annotating develops a deeper understanding of abstract ideas and encourages original thoughts. It is used to teach students of all ages to practice close reading and analytical writing. This difficult challenge requires focused attention, comprehension, and analysis—three hard-to-teach language skills.

How does it help?

Annotation BookMarks: Poetry Lesson guides students through annotation skills by working through poetry. Successful annotation requires a great deal of underlying skill, necessitating time and practice. Therefore, students need multiple opportunities to practice annotation across all genres. This lesson uses the classic ballad poem, “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes, with guided prompts and an answer key. Annotation BookMarks can be reprinted for personal use with any story.

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How do I use it?

The Annotation BookMarks Poetry: Lesson offers more guided practice as a follow up to Annotating Literary Elements. The lesson contains Annotation BookMarks, a reproducible guide to cue students on key literary devices, helping them annotate and interpret literature. BookMarks can be printed and folded, providing space for students to:

  • track literary techniques and structural elements

  • capture and record thoughts

  • pay close attention to the writer’s style and techniques

Annotation BookMarks: Poetry Lesson can be used as a follow-up to the Annotating Literary Elements curriculum.

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