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Why Annotate?

Reflecting on her experiences annotating via a project called Marginal Syllabus, Michelle King of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, writes:

… to annotate is to observe, remark, and/or note down. [It is] an act of love because of one’s commitment to stay in relationship with the creator and other readers and observers.

Social annotation is a form of digital dialogue. Through social annotation texts become discursive contexts. Digital resources, like Marginal Syllabus articles, are marked up to share information, enable collaboration, and produce new knowledge.

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The Marginal Syllabus leverages social annotation for justice-directed dialogue in literacy education. By facilitating group reading and social annotation, the Marginal Syllabus provides public and beneficial opportunities for educators’ literacy learning as “annotation can function as both a literary device and means of social inquiry for educators writing to advance their equity-oriented professional learning” (Kalir, Remi. “Annotation is first draft thinking: Educators’ Marginal Notes as Brave Writing,” English Journal, 2020).