Text Coding Assignment




1.  Number every Paragraph in your non-fiction article.

2.  Circle all words you may not know.

3.  Read each paragraph underlining main ideas AND marking the text with the codes to the left.

4.  Use at least two or more codes per paragraph and all of the codes at least once in your article.

5.  Go back after completing the reading and coding and do the ďafter markingĒ section for each code. 

6.  Use the paragraph number to show which marking goes with which explanation.

7.  Due tomorrow.




Text Coding / Annotation Symbols




When to use it

After Marking

Circle words or phrases you do not understand

What do you think the word means based upon the context? 


Underline the thesis /
idea of the text

Restate in your own words what is the authorís purpose.

When you agree with what you are reading.

Explain why you agree with this section of your reading.

When you disagree with what you are reading.

Explain why you disagree with this section of your reading.


When something you are reading raises a question for you.

Write the question that you have from the reading.

When you are really confused and the reading does not make sense.

Why does this section confuse you? Why does it not make sense?


When you think that something in the reading is very important even if you arenít sure why yet; key concepts.

Summarize the information in your own words.


Wow or Aha! When something in the reading is new and interesting to you.

Summarize what and/or why you found this section interesting.

Connects with something else I know about.

Explain what you already knew that this section connected with.

1, 2, 3

Number the authorís arguments, important ideas or key details

Restate the authorís arguments, ideas, or points in your own words.


Examples or Evidence provided by the author

Which argument, idea, or point does this example / evidence apply to?


Developed by: Glen Dawursk, Jr.