(30 ISBE Clock 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 their understanding of a particular text and uncover the meaning of unfamiliar words. Teachers will learn how to instruct students at multiple grade levels, and 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.

  • Total Price: $145
  • Credit Type: ISBE Clock Hours

  • Credits: 30 ISBE Clock Hours

  • 18 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course


  • ELA, Reading/Writing
  • Teaching Strategies
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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

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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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

 30 ISBE Clock Hours

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 30 ISBE clock hours, including a signed ISBE certificate.

Continuing Education hours through Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) are offered as ISBE clock hours and indicated as continuing education clock hours on a University provided certificate. Although offered in partnership with NEIU, they do not result in graduate- level or academic credit and cannot be used toward a degree program. These courses are primarily intended for recertification or re-licensure and continuing education for teachers in the state of Illinois.

Northeastern Illinois University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is recognized as an approved provider of ISBE clock hours by the state of Illinois.

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

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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  • Get started immediately, work at your own pace, and earn 30 ISBE clock hours once complete
  • Once your course is complete you will receive a completed ISBE certificate from NEIU

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