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Teaching Students To Use Text Annotation & Text Evidence

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PD Hours:

8 Hours

Credit Type:

Clock Hours, CPEs, CTLEs, Act48 Credits, Others

Content Areas:

ELA, Reading/Writing, Teaching Strategies

Course Description:

(8 Hours) In this course, teachers will learn how to teach their students the importance of making thoughtful text annotations and using context clues to deepen understanding of a particular text and uncover the meaning of unfamiliar words. Teachers will learn how to instruct students at multiple grade levels, proper annotation techniques that will ultimately help their students respond more effectively on writing assignments. In addition, participants will learn how to set a purpose for their students when reading a new text, as well as how to assess the depth of their understanding through crafted writing prompts and assessment questions.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn the Importance of Teaching Students at Multiple Grade Levels to Use Text Annotation

  • Learn How Students Can Use Text Annotation & Context Clues to Gain a Deep Understanding of Their Reading Assignments

  • Learn How Students Can Use Annotation to Help Them Respond to Assessment Questions

Resources Included

Course includes 18 high-quality tools, templates, & student resources.

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Course Sections What You Will Learn

Participants in this course will learn a variety of new instructional strategies to help their students tackle challenging texts during normal classroom reading or exams, including:

You Will Learn:

  • The importance of proper text annotation and how to use text annotation while reading a text
  • The seven most common types of context clues that readers can use to determine the meaning of unknown words
  • How teachers can teach their students to use text evidence and annotation to support a written response during an exam

Course Guiding Questions Course Guiding Question:

What proper annotation techniques should I teach my students to help them develop a deep understanding of a particular text, and how should I incorporate these annotation skills into my student’s lessons?

Credits Professional Development Credits

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 8 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs).

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Approval Information About This Course for Teaching License Renewal & Continuing Education

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This course is Pre-Approved in the following states for License Renewal and Continuing education:

  • Texas – CPE’s, TEA-Approved
  • New York CTLE’s – NYSED-Approved
  • Pennsylvania DOE – ACT 48-Approved
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) – Approved
  • Nevada DOE
  • Tennessee
  • Other States As Well

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Course Sections Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – The Importance of Annotation

Section 2 – Annotating For Deeper Understanding

Section 3 – Using Context Clues

Section 4 – Annotating To Respond to a Text

Section 5 – Annotating To Cite Evidence

Resources Included Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course

The course comes with 18 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!

These Include:

  • Sample Annotated Text-Grades 3-5
  • Sample Annotated Text-Grades 6-8
  • Sample Annotated Text-Grades 9-12
  • Beginning, Middle, & End Summary Tool
  • “Somebody Wanted But So” Summary Tool
  • 5 Ws & How Summary Tool
  • Text Connections Graphic Tool
  • Inferencing Graphic Organizer
  • Cause & Effect Graphic Tool
  • Cause & Effect-Multiple Causes Graphic Tool
  • Cause & Effect-Multiple Effects Graphic Tool
  • Context Clues Lesson Plan Template
  • Context Clues to Define New Words Graphic Organizer
  • Head, Heart, Hands, & Feet Graphic Tool
  • Reader Response Writing Prompt Template
  • Assessment Questions Template
  • Effectiveness Checklist
  • Text Annotations Unit Plan

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