A Lesson On Annotation- Roberts Chapter 1

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"Regardless of your own writing method, you should always remember that unwritten thought is incomplete thought (pg. 29)." 

            I'd heard that Mr. Carosella was an amazing teacher, so I was excited to have him for ninth grade English. I was also a bit reluctant; it had been said that he had a very rigorous course planned with plenty of writing. Writing had never been my best subject, so the excitement I felt was overpowered by anxiousness. How would I handle so much writing? My anxiety slowly dissipated, though, when I was introduced to a particularly important component of the writing process: annotation
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Annotation can be defined as writing down one's responses to segments of literary works. The first story we read in Mr. Carosella's English class was Harrison Bergeron, and we were informed that we would be writing an in-class essay about the story. Mr. Carosella hadn't told us about annotation, though. So, when I went to write my essay, many of my thoughts were incomplete. I couldn't think of a thing to write about. Next, our teacher told us what annotation was, and demonstrated how to write down our thoughts in response to the story. Now, we were given a second opportunity to write an in-class essay. Needless to say, my second essay turned out much better than my first.
            In hindsight, I believe that Mr. Carosella purposefully did not tell us about annotation at first. We came into the class with our own writing methods in mind. By learning how to annotate, we learned how to place our thoughts on paper and produce better written essays.

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