U is for Underlining and Annotating

| May 19, 2014

Most public high school students are not allowed to write at all in their school books, which means they cannot underline and annotate. This I believe prevents them from having a conversation with the text and crafting their own aesthetic from the process of reading. I cannot read without underlining and annotating, and part of the value of this process is that it allows me to go back to a text and relive my initial interaction with it. It also allows me to take a complex text, such as a Shakespearean play, and lift out the poetry in a way that makes sense to me Reading is an intensely personal, active and organic experience– at best it is a discussion between writer and reader. Underlining and annotating are critical ways of accessing and fusing with a text.