Annotate Text for Close Reading

One of the challenges biology students will encounter is reading scientific texts, particularly text from journals, like Nature. Reading scientific journals can be challenging due to their technical language and complex content.

Annotating text for close reading involves adding notes, comments, and markings to a text to better understand its content.

Here are some effective strategies for text annotations to help students better understand complicated text. Students can use colored pencils, highlights, or Post-it notes to annotate text.

1. Highlighting/Underlining:

2. Margin Notes:

3. Symbols and Abbreviations:

4. Connections and Patterns:

5. Questions:

6. Summary Statements:

7. Reactions and Personal Responses:

8. Overall Summary (CER)

Other Resources on Analyzing Scientific Texts

Science Article Summary

Analyze an Article from a Scientific Journal

Article of the Week

Article Summary