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Mrs. Antunes

Welcome Young Scholars! I look forward to a wonderful, new school year.

"We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize."

Thich Nhat Hanh - author

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Dear Young Scholars,
Even if you were hesitant about presenting your speech in class, or even if it is not your favorite part of English class, I want you to know that I think you all did a great job!  I heard so many interesting facts and stories concerning your topics.  I also heard cited research, and enthusiastic voices. You should all be super proud!  You Rock!
The following Young Scholars will be moving on in the competition, which takes place this coming Tuesday, May 29th during school.  You will be receiving a pass to give to your teacher.  Please remember to dress formally.
Best of luck!
Mrs. Antunes
Maily Isaacs
Darya Hajiseyedjavadi
Brady Kamali
Monasi Gajjalapuma
David Vorobeichik
Brynn Gibson
Ella Knoll
Mia Robinson
Evanie Kumar
Caitlin Bowser
**If for some reason something changes, or you would not be in school to attend the finals, which take place Monday, June 4th during the morning hours, please let me know as soon as possible.

Argument Essays-Scores and Revisions

Because the essays were turned in digitally, I will return them digitally once they are graded.  Scores are posted as points on Google Classroom and as a percentage in Powerschool.  If a student is not happy with the score he/she has earned, he/she may revise.  At the latest, revisions will be due by January 11th or 12th depending on when your class meets.  I will explain further in class.
Thank you,
Mrs. Antunes

Annotating Text


Annotating Text


Annotating text goes beyond underlining, highlighting, or making symbolic notations or codes on a given text. Annotation includes adding purposeful notes, key words and phrases, definitions, and connections tied to specific sections of text.


Annotating text promotes student interest in reading and gives learners a focused purpose for writing. It supports readers’ ability to clarify and synthesize ideas, pose relevant questions, and capture analytical thinking about text. Annotation also gives students a clear purpose for actively engaging with text and is driven by goals or learning target(s) of the lesson.

 Annotating text causes readers to process information at a deeper level and increases their ability to recall information from the text. It helps learners comprehend difficult material and engage in what Probst (1988) describes as, “dialogue with the text.”


  1. Purposes for annotation based on learning target(s) and goals. Some examples include:

    1. Locating evidence in support of a claim

    2. Identifying main idea and supporting details,

    3. Analyzing the validity of an argument or counter-argument

    4. Determining author’s purpose

    5. Giving an opinion, reacting, or reflecting

    6. Identifying character traits/motivations

    7. Summarizing and synthesizing

    8. Defining key vocabulary

    9. Identifying patterns and repetitions

    10. Making connections

    11. Making predictions