(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.

  • Price: $25
  • Credit Type: Professional Development

  • Credits: 8 PD Hours

  • 18 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course


  • ELA, Reading/Writing
  • Teaching Strategies
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Course Objectives:

What You Will Learn
  • 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:

Course Sections

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:

Course Guiding Questions

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?

Really interesting course!

This course presented great strategies on how to teach students text annotation techniques to help with reading comprehension and how to approach analyzing passages during assessments. I will definitely use this material with my students. The resources will make it very easy to start integrating annotation strategies with my students.

-10th Grade ELA Teacher

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

  • Texas – CPE’s, TEA-Approved
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  • Pennsylvania DOE – ACT 48-Approved
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) – Approved
  • Nevada DOE
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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

Section 6 – Putting It All Together

Section 7 – Applying What You Have Learned

Professional Development Course Resources

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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