Step 1: Annotate your article
Annotate the chosen reading in all of the ways listed here:
1. Break up the text into sections (use the text’s headings if given) and complete a descriptive outline in the margins.
2. Identify the writer’s research question, thesis, and/or main argument.
3. Identify key words that might direct you to the writer’s intended audience.
4. Identify different types of evidence the writer uses to support the thesis. This is a list of different types of evidence that could be used (i.e., not all writers use all of these types):
a. Examples such as stories or scenarios.
b. Facts, numbers, statistics, graphs, charts, tables, etc.
d. Images such as photographs or info-graphs.
5. Circle unfamiliar words, phrases, and concepts AND define those terms.
6. Highlight or underline key words and key phrases you find important.