Annotation, or the addition of a note to a text, is a practice that exemplifies the social qualities of writing
(Cohn, 2019; Jackson, 2001). Whether written by hand as book marginalia or composed online using
digital technology, annotation is a millennia-old, cultural, and interdisciplinary practice that augments
the “social life” of documents (Brown & Duguid, 1996). Students, educators, and scholars alike all
mark-up their texts as both an academic and interest driven practice; in doing so, generative associations
arise among text, people, ideas, and resources that can enliven inquiry and learning (Kalir & Garcia, 2021; Licastro, 2019; Reid, 2014).
Zucker, Lauren; Kalir, Jeremiah H.; Sprouse, Michelle L.; and Dean, Jeremy (2021) “Foregrounding the Margins: A Dialogue about Literacy, Learning, and Social Annotation,” Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education: Vol. 10 : Iss. 1 , Article 10. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/wte/vol10/iss1/10