The Tempest: Think-Aloud Annotation

It can be difficult to refer back to a text when analyzing it, so annotation is a great tool for kids to track what they are reading. A thorough and well-organized lesson guides learners through the process of annotating William Shakespeare's The Tempest as a literary analysis strategy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Project the passage onto a whiteboard or document viewer, and annotate with dry erase markers or electronic tools
  • Have kids work in pairs on their first annotation activity
  • Encourage kids to annotate the text throughout the unit
  • Divide the class into groups for one act, and have the groups look for different elements of the text (theme, characterization, vocabulary, etc.)
Classroom Considerations

  • You may need to design an assessment rubric for the activity, as the lesson only provides an informal assessment
Pros

  • Provides practical tips for helping kids annotate, including having them use an online version of the text and bringing in Post-It® notes for school copies of the books
  • A versatile strategy for any novel, story, play, or informational text
  • Strategy includes a helpful color-coding system
Cons

  • None
Common Core