Sketch to Stretch - The purpose of this reading strategy is to help the reader make a movie of the text in his or her mind. By doing this, a reader won't be as likely to read the words without comprehending the meaning. We practiced using this strategy for chapters 1-4 of Animal Farm.

Student Examples from Animal Farm:
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This drawing shows Molly's entire chapter.

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This is a close up of part of Drew's chapter sketch.

Annotation or Sticky Note Annotation - This strategy works well when you can't write on your book. Simply annotate, but write on sticky notes instead of directly on the text. Stick your notes on the page that matches the comments you write.


Two Column or Cornell Notes - Set up your notebook like a giant T chart. On the left side of the T, write an important quote or event from the text. On the right side, write your comments, questions, predictions, or things you want to remember later. The purpose of these notes is to get all of your best thinking in one place so you don't have to return to the text to study later.




ANNOLIGHTING - In a two column note format, highlight the most important information first; then annotate the highlighted portions of text. Before you highlight or annotate, be sure to understand your purpose for reading. What are you trying to discover during reading?

Highlighted Text
Reader Annotations
Towards the end of the sixteenth century, a new tragic pattern began to emerge, very much richer and deeper than the old one, sounding intimately the depths of the human mind and spirit, the moral possibilities of human behavior, and displaying the extent to which men’s destinies are interrelated one with another.
According to this scheme, an ideal tragedy would concern the career of a hero, a man great and admirable in both his powers and opportunities. He should be a person high enough placed in society that his actions affect the well being of many people. The plot should show him engaged in important or urgent affairs and should involve his immediate community in a threat to its security that will be removed only at the end of the action through his death. The hero’s action will involve him in choices of some importance which, however virtuous or vicious in themselves, begin the spinning of a web of circumstances unforeseen by the hero which cannot then be halted and which brings about his downfall. This hostile destiny may be the result of mere circumstance or ill luck, of the activities of the hero’s enemies, of some flaw or failing in his own character, of the operation of some supernatural agency that works against him. When it is too late to escape from the web, the hero-victim comes to realize everything that has happened to him, and in the despair or agony of that realization, is finally destroyed.
The hero/protagonist:
· Admirable
· High society
· Actions affect many
· Makes choices that involve him/her in a web of circumstances
Caused by:
· Mere circumstance
· Ill luck
· Enemies
· Character flaw
· Supernatural agency
· Realizes too late
· Creates despair
· Destruction or death