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In the main lesson, you learned how to make annotations in a piece of text to record your thoughts and impressions.

In this extension, you will use footnotes to make annotations in a document for you or others to read.

Footnotes are a method for citing research and providing extra information on a topic.

They are often indicated with a number and then listed at the bottom of the page.

While you might use traditional annotations to understand what you’re reading, footnotes help readers understand why the author’s point of view should be considered or direct them to additional texts in support of that argument.

To begin, open the starter project and make a copy.

Add your name to the title.

Then, read through the text.

As you read, highlight anything you’d like to research further, including words or passages that are confusing or interesting, a theory suggested by the author or the subject of the piece, or an argument the author is making.

Then, add a footnote.

A number will be added in superscript after the area you highlighted.

Superscript is a tiny font that appears above the standard text.

The same number is added to the bottom of the page.

This is where you’ll type your research or supporting materials.

Open a new tab and navigate to google dot com.

Then, enter specific search terms to learn more about the topic you highlighted.

Review the results.

Find a reputable source, and click on the link to learn more.

Reputable sources include encyclopedias, research organizations, academic journals, government agencies, and news organizations.

Read the article to find any relevant information.

Return to your footnote, and briefly summarize the information you found.

Then, copy the title of the article, and paste it into the footnote after your summary.

Next, copy the website URL.

And link the name of the article.

Type SEE in front of the link so readers will know they can read more by clicking the link.

Your teacher may want you to format your footnotes in a different way.

Continue adding footnotes to your article by selecting the passages you want to research.

Each footnote will appear at the bottom of the corresponding page in the document.

Now, it’s your turn: make a copy of the starter document, and add your name to the title.

Read the article, and insert a footnote after a passage you want to learn more about.

Add the title and link to the article, and continue adding footnotes to the rest of your article.

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