Annotation as a close reading strategy can be the starting point for deep inquiry and for conversations between students and texts and between students reading the same text. But when annotations start and end in a student’s reading without any exposure to the outside world, then this activity becomes yet another thing a student must do to complete an assignment. The change-making idea is to take those annotations outside the book and into the collaborative space of Google Docs and Slides! In this snapshot, I will show various examples of how to make annotating a text a collaborative activity. Using Google Docs and Google Slides, especially through the comment features in both and the background variability in Slides, annotations become the starting point of inquiry and discussion through the online environment of sharing and collaboration.

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