The ‘Living Text Annotations Framework,’ is a beta model for a reading and writing comprehension environment in which users can interact with any piece of the text through, highlights, tagging, comments, as well as triggering interactions and annotations that are built into the framework by the creator. This model is built to align with The New York State Common Core ELA & Literacy curriculum. Specifically module Module 11.2 of the Grade 11 Curriculum Map, which

[su_quote]develops the concepts of oppression and power structures in the study of historical American nonfiction and contemporary American poetry…through a close reading of the first chapter of W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk.[/su_quote]

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  • Read closely for textual details
  • Annotate texts to support comprehension and analysis
  • Track rhetoric and analyze its impact on the text
  • Compare authors’ arguments
  • Engage in productive evidence-based discussions about text
  • Collect and organize evidence from texts to support analysis in writing
    Practice key skills from targeted writing standards


This demonstration of the ‘Living Text Annotations Framework”uses the W.E.B De Bois piece ‘The Souls of Black Folks,” as a demonstration of how the tool can be used to enhance students abilities to interact with and engage with the text, guided by a framework of annotations, interactions, and critical engagement responses, directly aligned with the goals of the Common Core Curriculum for this unit. Annotations and interactions could be designed for any specific framework or curriculum.