Annotating Literary Elements

Annotating Literary Elements


Augment your language arts program to promote close reading and analytical writing!

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

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The Annotation Curriculum helps readers dig deeper into text, improving comprehension and analytical thinking. Lessons help students define, recognize, and mark:

  • universal story structure and its elements
  • literary elements that create musical or poetic quality
  • literary elements that generate comparisons and imagery
  • techniques that determine a writer's style

This curriculum provides literature for practice, but the strategies can be utilized with any text throughout the school year and for years to come! As readers gain insight, they become better equipped for writing--whether analytical or creative.

The curriculum includes Annotation Bookmarks, a tool designed to remind students what to annotate as they read.

For further study, try The Annotation Bookmark Poetry Lesson, which includes additional practice to walk students through the complex process of annotating literature.

Annotating Literary Elements can be reprinted for personal use with any story.

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