The goal of this ReadWriteThink lesson is to teach students how to glean something of value from what they are reading. Using the short story, "Eleven" by Sandra Cisceros, as a framework, students move through various activities in order to learn how to effectively annotate the text.
Educator and public speaker Dave Stuart, Jr. advocates annotating a text for two reasons that move beyond getting the grade. One, he wants students to annotate in order to gain understanding while they read, and two, he wants them to annotate to further meaning after they read. In this article, Stuart explains the optimal way students can achieve such results.