Annotate PDFs to Guide Student Readings

Why annotate?

Students, particularly those new to a discipline, need to become skilled readers of texts in those disciplines. You can guide that process with annotations that might include pre-reading questions, highlighted terms, arguments, or theses, and embedded notes that support, explain, or question the text. Annotating helps students focus their attention and improve comprehension. Some might consider this doing the students’ work for them, but providing these examples helps them gain the literacy skills they need while modeling a practice they should learn to do themselves.

NOTE: Because of accessibility concerns, we don’t advise using audio or drawing annotations because some students may not be able to hear or see them, respectively.

How do you annotate?

What will students need in order to read the annotations?

Why (and how) should students learn to annotate?