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1. Introduction to Annotate Text in Google Docs

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Annotation is a type of note taking that helps you understand and remember what you read.

You can refer to your annotations when you participate in class discussions or complete a paper or assignment.

Any type of text can be annotated, such as a book; a poem; or an article from a website, newspaper, or magazine.

When you annotate, you clarify vocabulary, ask questions, and identify main points.

You make your notes right in the text you are reading.

This lesson demonstrates some of the different methods for annotating text.

There are many ways to annotate.

You might annotate differently, depending on what helps you understand what you read and the purpose of your annotations.

In this lesson, you will make annotations in a nonfiction article.

You will look for specific information, like unfamiliar terms, passages you have questions about, interesting information, and main ideas.

As you annotate, you will make your own notes that help you understand and connect with what you're reading.

You might decide to annotate other important details, such as dates and names of historical events in a social studies book, characters and themes in a novel, language patterns in a play or poem, or quotes in a newspaper article.

This lesson uses Google Docs, but you could apply these concepts in any word processing application or even on a piece of paper.

As you complete this project, you will open and rename a document; create a key to keep track of your annotation symbols; highlight, bold, and underline words and phrases; and insert comments.

To complete this lesson, you first must sign in to your Google account.

Open a new tab in your browser, and sign in now.

If you don’t have a Google account, create one before beginning this lesson.

To start, open one of the starter projects for this lesson and copy it.

The annotation example you will see onscreen is different from your article.

You will annotate the article you choose.

Once you've signed in and opened a starter document, move on to the next video.

Now it’s your turn: Sign in to your Google account.

Then, choose a starter project, and open it.


  1. Sign in to your Google account.
  2. Choose a starter project and open it.