1. Introduction to Annotate Text in Google Docs

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

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

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 have signed in and opened a starter document, move on to the next video.


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