Perhaps you already enjoy grabbing a highlighter when your sit down to read or underlining your favorite lines of a book. Annotating (adding marks, notes, diagrams, etc, to comment or explain a text) is a helpful way to engage with what you’re reading, whether a story, poem, letter, or article. If you haven’t tried it yet, here are a few good reasons to jump in and a couple of tools to get you started!
Guide to annotation marks:
DIY Reading Kit: put 1 highlighter, 1 pen or pencil, sticky notes in a Ziploc bag, or rubber band them together. There you have it! A portable reading kit. Add heart or star stickers for extra fun & easy ways to mark favorite passages or important details.
Note: Skip making marks in library books. You don’t want fines added to your reading experience! Try sticky notes for annotating in borrowed books; remove notes before you return books.