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How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading

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How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading

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Claire Williams's curator insight, September 3, 2013 7:27 PM

   This artical, shows not only what an annotation is but how to do so and how to teach it. It also shows reaons why it can be helpful and places you can use it. 

     There is also more to this artical than bears the eye, it involves other teaching techiques in the artical such as asking questions whaen reading.

    this artical might be helpful during the reading and writing log!!!

Jose's curator insight, February 6, 2014 12:50 PM

Is annotation really worth it? After reading this article, it re-enforces my belief that annotating when reading is very critical and helps you understand what is really going on. Although, i myself, only tend to underline and write on the side of the page, i found that using different symbols is also very helpful. As a reader, you have to develop a way of doing things. The ways that catch your interest and do not bore you 5 minutes into doing things.. So next time the teacher asks you to read, there should not be any doubts in your mind whether or not  you should annotate. 

Michele Rosario's curator insight, February 13, 2014 3:40 PM

          Annotations are definitely a necessity when carefully reading while recording your thought process.  As a student myself, I never really thought annotating was beneficial, and relied on just small amounts of knowledge I gain from the reads, in which does not help at all.  I understand very well how this author explains that the younger generations think it is boring and time consuming, because it kind of is.  Nonetheless, it helps build visual character to a read or book, as if they are little “short cuts” to what you thought of in the beginning. 

            The source used to post this article was on a site entitled, “ K-12 News, Lessons, and Shared Resources”, in which I believe is a very reliable source site.


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10 Tips for Improving Your Child's Reading Skills -

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Improve your child's reading skills with these homework help tips.

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For Emotional Literacy, Read Literature

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For children struggling to express their emotions, the answer is a return to literature and the arts, says the CLAS dean.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, September 5, 2013 2:37 PM

This is a quite intriguing article. In a sense it is an interesting facet of one of the primary attributes given to literary reading; the idea that through its blending of vocabulary development and storytelling literature can support both creative and critical thinking. 


Though the article focuses upon emotional literacy in children, I couldn't help but link the core concept of the article to my concern about the abuse of those with less sophisticated emotional literacy by those who rely upon misinforming others to vote one way or another or to see only what they want to others to believe see in order to profit from those susceptible to malevolent manipulations.

And, those who would manipulate others for their own profit, in seeking points of vulnerability have discovered that it is easier to martial the "ignorant villagers with torches" via emotion rather than to engage a citizenry via critical thinking and careful analysis. 


The original radio broadcast upon which this  article comments focuses  on developing emotional literacy in children who have insufficient vocabulary to sort out their emotional feelings and thereby critically process those feelings. 


In the pre-school and primary grades, vocabulary limitations are understandable though those children who experience a significantly larger vocabulary through stories of people or anthropomorphic substitutes do in obvious ways have the ability to see and articulate 

a wider spectrum of the gray areas that make up the complex subtlties of the vast majority of human feelings and subsequent behaviors than those who see only the black and white only behaviors of the primarily good OR evil characters populating the fairy tales they hear and read. Though this is not to say that there aren't stories with a modest "gray area" between good and evil. 


As the very young age a bit, grade appropriate stories tend to introduce "shades of gray" characters. Our children do not get past the primary grades before they become aware of the "school bully" or the "mean girl" phenomenon or begin to interact with other kids whose parents do not draw the lines about good and bad behavior, language, values, opinions or visions of what makes for success in the same places where their own parents draw those lines for themselves. Some show early trajectories that might head off in the direction of developing an "it's a dog eat dog" world out there attitude. Others show early trajectories that might head off in the direction of it's a "we must all get along" world out there.


In the ideal situation kids would hear and read stories of the lives of characters beyond their direct real world encounters. They would encounter vocabulary beyond what they would experience in their direct real world encounters. They would encounter values and beliefs and frustrations and motives beyond...


And they would experience how others beyond those in their real world understand emotions and deal with them; including those who behave better and those who behave worse.


And, they would learn about mentors and about menaces.


And, by experiencing a vastly greater spectrum of mentors and menaces, they might develop both a greater understanding of what living a good life encompasses and a greater appreciation for caution in the face of those who have mastered the dark side of playing off of the emotional susceptibility of those who rely upon inciting the village idiots to pick up their torches in pursuit of false enemies for whom they have nothing but charlatan sourced anger and outrage. 


Have you notice how popular it is to accuse politicians who evolve their understanding of a complex issue as flip-floppers? 


Spin doctors?


Modern day Madmen using emotional manipulation as they phish bait for profit.  


Building emotional appeals through highly crafted and emotion-igniting talking points such as "death panels" belies the idea of reasoned decision making or conflict resolution.


Does there come a point when those insufficiently exposed to exploration of the world beyond their own; to opinions, beliefs, values beyond their own, are subject to losing both their intellectual and their emotional elasticity? That in conjunction with emotional ILLiteracy may be the viral source of a very dangerous global epidemic.


If so, I'd suggest it be "hardening of the (he)arteries."


I don't claim that literature is a panacea by any means. It's more like an important element of a healthy mental diet.



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Dani Hunter's curator insight, September 9, 2013 4:50 PM

This is a wonderful article that stresses the importance of language, arts, and literature in emotional learning ability. It really gives a new perspective to teaching, not only for English teachers.

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Julia English in Manchester: Improving your reading and listening skills

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I am a massive fan of keeping up to date with what is happening in the world, and I always try to convince my international students of the importance of reading and listening to the news. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this is the very best way of improving your English, as well as giving you lots of ideas and information for writing essays and doing various types of academic speaking.

The problem, for many learners, is that it's just too difficult - the news articles they find are too long and complicated, and they can't see any improvement quickly enough. They just give up.

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