Annotation Assignment Sheet
Students are required to submit in a textual annotation after every completed text. Each annotation should be 3-6 double-spaced pages that critically analyze by focusing in on a particular theme, topic, methodology, or literary device present in the text. You may choose more than one of the above to complete the annotation, or may focus on one area. Typically, annotations will begin with a summary paragraph and then how you choose to analyze the text is up to you. For example, if you want to focus on dark and light imagery in Matar’s text your annotation might look at how that is functioning in the text. Perhaps you want to see how Papadiamantis uses metaphor or irony in the text. Please see examples of annotations for appropriate models.
Your Annotations Must Include the Following Parameters:
Your annotations must include an introductory paragraph that gives an overview of the texts and introduce the idea(s) you will be discussing.
Your essay must be typed and double-spaced in Times-New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins. Please put your name and the assignment number in the upper left-hand corner of your paper. Please also staple the pages of your paper.
You must use textual evidence to support your claims. You cannot annotate a text if you do not bring in quotations to analyze. This is not an opinion paper. You may bring in outside sources at your discretion.
Your paper must include a Works Cited Page if you use any secondary material. You must cite your quotations or paraphrases in MLA (Modern Language Association) format. Here is a quick refresher course:
MLA (Modern Language Association) Citation Format
When writing a paper for English or other humanities class, you must use MLA Citation Format. Here is an example of a sentence which uses a quotation from Sarah Vowell. After the break-up with her boyfriend, Sarah Vowell realizes that music has become a religion for her. For example, she describes the music of Elvis in an almost mystical way. Vowell writes, “An Elvis song coming out of the radio wasn’t a sign of God to him, it was just another one of those corny pop tunes he could live without” (Vowell 169). Vowell is upset to learn that her boyfriend does not hear Elvis in the same way she does. While for her the song is a sign that fate has brought them together, he hears nothing but a “corny pop tune.”
When using a direct quotation, always do the following:
Introduce the quotation and explain its context. Here, for example, the writer introduces the quotations with the phrase “Vowell writes…”
Briefly explain and analyze the quotation. Every quotation that you use should be followed by at least two sentences of explanation and analysis. This analysis should explain how the quotation supports the thesis of the paper.
Cite your source. When using a book with one author, you must include the last name of the author and the page number of the quotation. In this example, the citation is (Vowell 169).
You must also include a Works Cited page with your paper. This page comes after the last page of your paper; it is a separate page all to itself. In this case of this essay, which uses only our primary text and that handout as your source, your Works Cited page should be formatted look like this:
Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Nature (excerpt provided by instructor). Print. Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. New York: Anchor Books, 1997. Print.
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden, or Living in the Woods (excerpt provided by instructor). Print. Tolstoy, Leo. Family Happiness. (excerpt provided by instructor). Print