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Annotating Informational Text: College Completion Rates Through the Generations

Annotating Informational Text: College Completion Rates Through the Generations

Activity Description

College completion

Students will read an informational text about variations in college completion rates for people born in different years. To help students better understand the text, the teacher will model how to annotate the first half. Students will then annotate the second half themselves. After that, students will answer a series of questions about the text, drawing inferences from what they’ve read and citing textual evidence to support their responses.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

120 minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to effectively annotate a text to better understand it.
  • Students will be able to make inferences after reading an informational text.
  • Students will be able to determine where a text leaves matters uncertain.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 4 pages
  • Large sheets of paper, such as those in a self-stick easel pad
  • Sticky notes
  • Teacher computer with Internet access and a projector to display Web sites

Activity Item

The following item is part of this activity. The item and its source appear at the end of this teacher version.

  • Item 1: Over the Hill at 25? College Completion at Higher Ages

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will be able to identify and analyze the author’s conclusions based on the data presented in the text.




  • Demographics
  • Educational attainment
  • Line graphs

Skills Taught

  • Analyzing change over time
  • Analyzing data
  • Annotating text
  • Making inferences
  • Understanding how data are used
  • Using data to support conclusions


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