While executing my strategy in annotating I do believe that it could’ve been better. Under the time restraints I felt rushed to finish the annotation therefore I don’t feel like I annotated the article to it’s full potential.
I do wish that there was more time provided for this assignment because as much as I felt rushed to finish the reading, I feel just as rushed to finish the essay. But I also understand that this assignment would’ve taken a vast amount of my time if there wasn’t a three hour cap on the assignment.
I followed the plan to the exact T, but if I were to do this again I would give more time for annotating, take time from the development of the strategy and essay. This article was very relatable to our class sessions because a lot of the points that were made are things that we are taught to do every day and values that Mangrum instill into the class every session.
Even though this was a lengthy article I do feel that I gathered a lot from the essay and this experience. I learned that it is very hard to manage time and make a plan that will be efficient and effective in learning the material. I hope to do this assignment again so that I can try different plans and techniques in annotating.
Article Annotation Strategy
For the article What Is Rhetoric? by William Covino that we are supposed to read and annotate I will approach it with the strategy of reading the article first without any annotations. This way I can get a feel for the article and its substance before I annotate it with my thoughts. I then will go back and read it focusing more on the important paragraphs of the article. This way I won’t waste any time re-reading the ‘fluff stuff’. I will also use different colors of highlighters and pens to keep my mind fresh and alert.
When I do read my article I want to be in a quiet environment, with a cup of tea, and with some kind of natural lighting to keep me awake and alert. I won’t have any music playing because I want to fully immerse myself in the text. I want to welcome the text into my mind and understand it as best that I can. I would imagine that I want to spend about an hour and a half reading and annotating. This leaves me with a half hour to write this strategy and an hour to write my evaluation essay.
I believe this will be an effective strategy and it will in turn be efficient. This plan will give me enough time to complete all the tasks assigned and if executed correctly it will be done well. I plan to manage my time well and according to the schedule. Lets see how it goes!