This assignment was adapted from one used by Dr. Karin Akre at Hunter College. While it focuses on scientific research papers, it could be further adapted for use in the humanities. The idea is that academic articles are difficult and collaborative annotation can help students navigate the new ideas and difficult language. But, as in this one, more advanced students can annotate more analytically as part of such an assignment.


Reading scientific papers is tough. But once you’ve gotten used to them they make a lot of sense – they all organize the information according to the scientific method. Annotating as a group should help you get used to things. I’ll be curious to see whether the group annotation articles make more sense to you than the others that we’ll read. Let me know!

For each article listed in italics on the Course Schedule, you’ll need to make three annotations using the web annotation tool To get started using, simply click on Sign Up, then register for an account with a username and email address.


Read the article! When you find parts that confuse you, look up what it means or refers to and create an annotation. If someone has already annotated it, click and read the annotation.

To annotate, highlight the text you are annotating, click the dialogue icon, and a sidebar will open up for your annotation. To add images, click on the image icon in the tool bar. Your image will need to have a URL.

NOTE: HIGHLIGHT AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. Focus in on the specific word or phrase you want to d