Annotating is a useful way to keep a track of what you notice whilst you’re reading – the notes and marks you make can focus on particular details in the text. For example, if you were focusing on setting, you could circle all the words and phrases used to describe that place.
There are many ways to annotate texts. Try out different approaches to see what works best for you. Examples of common techniques include:
Closely annotating texts is an effective way to practise analysing a piece of fiction.
However, in exam conditions, annotations need to be brief and a quick way of responding to a new text. You can use your annotations to pick out details from the text and then develop your analysis of these details in your written response.