Teaching Students To Use Text Annotation & Text Evidence

(5 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.


  • Price: $15.00
  • Credit Type: Professional Development
  • Credits: 5 PD Hours
  • 18 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course

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

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What You Will Learn In This Course:

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:

  • 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 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?

Professional Development Credits:

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 5 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs, CEUs).

Model Teaching and Action Potential Learning Professional Development Courses are pre-approved in the following states:

  • Texas: TEA CPE# 902-391, under parent company Action Potential Learning, LLC
  • Montana: Office of Public Instruction (OPI) approved.

If you are a teacher in a different state and wish to use our Professional Development Courses for teacher license renewal, please view our PD STATE REQUIREMENTS PAGE to learn more about your state’s requirements.

Also, consider taking our UNIVERSITY-PARTNERED, ACADEMIC CREDIT COURSES to earn regionally-accredited units or credits, accepted by most states.


Wendy Lipe, Instructor

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies
Southwest Texas State University

Experience & Credentials:
Over 8 Years of Teaching Experience
Current Elementary-Level Teacher
ESL State Certified (Texas), TAG Certified
Experience with Students with Learning Disabilities
(ADD, ADHD, & Dyslexia)

Course Sections:

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
Section 6 – Putting It All Together
Section 7 – Applying What You Have Learned

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

High-Quality Virtual Presentations

Our high-quality lessons are presented by your instructor in a virtual learning environment that is designed to mirror live, on-campus workshops. Choose to watch or read all lessons at any time and take advantage of our high-quality resources provided for immediate implementation of your new skills.

Access Your Courses Anytime, Anywhere

Courses are accessible to you at any time and are accessible on any computer, tablet, or smart phone. After registration, you will have access to all course lessons, templates, & assignments for one year. Take your courses at your own pace.  Pause any time and continue where you left off.  You will receive instructor feedback at each step of the course as you progress through the curriculum at your own convenience.


Live Feedback & Communication

Our courses are designed to simulate live instruction. Throughout the course, you will receive feedback from your instructor within 24- 48 hours of your submissions as you proceed through lessons and activities. If you have a question, reach out to your instructor through our built-in messaging system or directly by email or phone.

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