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The Art of Reading Between the Lines: A 2-Day Guide to Effective Text Annotation

Empower Your Child's Reading Journey: Join our Two-Day Annotation Course to Enhance Comprehension and Critical Thinking Skills.
Mr. LeCara
146 total reviews for this teacher
8 reviews for this class
Completed by 25 learners
year old learners
learners per class


per week
Charged weekly
Meets 1x per week
Over 2 weeks
60 minutes per class

Available times

Table of available sections


Class Experience

  • Build close reading skills by identifying key themes and authorial intent in both fiction and nonfiction texts.
  • Support and challenge author's argument based on annotations.
  • Enhance critical thinking skills by analyzing literal and symbolic meanings, and interpreting and analyzing complex ideas, arguments, and narratives within fiction and nonfiction literature.
  • Understand what it means to analyze ideas, syntax, and word choice to reveal an author’s purpose
  • Thoroughly engage with a text, applying effective annotation techniques, such as highlighting, underlining, and margin notes, to mark important passages and make connections within the text.
  • Recognize strategies for active reading and engagement with fiction texts, including identifying and analyzing character development, plot structure, and other story elements.
   • Explore alternative methods of annotation for texts that cannot be directly marked, such as using sticky notes, digital tools, or annotation symbols.
  • Improve reading comprehension and retention by creating a personalized system of annotations that supports understanding and facilitates future review of the material.
As a 30-year veteran teacher who once struggled as a student to determine how and what to annotate, Mr. LeCara understands the frustration and inefficiency of skimming assigned reading. Drawing from his extensive experience and personal journey of trial and error, he shares valuable annotation strategies that empower students to read for comprehension and detail, ultimately saving them time and fostering a deeper understanding of the material.
  • Nonfiction and fiction text annotating practice

To enhance their learning experience, students are encouraged to have a notebook or lined paper readily available during the course. Additionally, having sticky notes, highlighters, and a writing utensil on hand will facilitate active participation and note-taking. These tools will support learners in organizing their thoughts, marking important information, and engaging with the course materials effectively.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Learner progress will be assessed by/through:
-session engagement with instructor and peers
-completion of session practice and home assignments
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Mr. LeCara
Lives in the United States
Veteran Educator/Trainer Available to Support Academic Achievement and Personal Growth
146 total reviews
248 completed classes

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