Understand What You Read! Mark the Text!

I realize that asking and encouraging you to write notes in books may seem sacrilegious (disrespectful), but it is the only way you’ll keep track of the evidence and details regarding a story’s plot, the characters’ development, and those important quotes and literary devices (similes, metaphors, personification, etc.) you need to write that paper.

While it takes time to learn how to annotate, you’ll find that making your own annotations with just a few bullet notes at the beginning of each chapter and margin notes throughout allows you to gather the evidence quickly. Not your book but the school’s? Get your own copy. A fine point pen works best!