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The purpose of this research was to explore strategies to help develop and improve annotation with young adults, paying particular attention to aiding their reading comprehension skills and critical thinking skills.

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International Journal of English and Literature(IJEL) ISSN 2249-6912Vol.2, Issue 2 June 2012 39-45 TJPRC Pvt. Ltd.,THE IMPORTANCE OF ANNOTATION SKILLSSTEPHANIE TRAUTMANEducator, Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills, Michigan U.SABSTRACTThe purpose of this research was to explore strategies to help develop and improve annotationwith young adults, paying particular attention to aiding their reading comprehension skills and criticalthinking skills. Teenage students were given a Likert scale, student questionnaire, and select studentsparticipated in a focus group. Observations and a journal were kept to record thoughts and comments onhow annotation activities were going. The findings show annotation can help students become betterreader, writers, and critical thinkers. The purpose of this study is to explore strategies to develop andimprove annotation skills in the seventh grade English classroom.KEYWORDS: Annotation, Litercy lab.INTRODUCTIONIn "Welcome to the Literacy Lab" (2007), Lowe describes, The push to teach literacy strategiesin content areas is not going away. We owe it to our students to provide them with strategies to help themnavigate their way through our textbooks. As we become more skilled, teaching literacy will be less adaunting task and more a literacy awakening (p. 19). With the fast moving technological society thatAmericans now live in, it is of utmost importance that students are prepared with twenty-first centuryskil

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