Annotation is a note added to a text. And you’re an annotator. You read and write annotation every day, it patterns the warp and weft of daily life.
Welcome to #Annotate22—one year, 365 examples—a project that’s part syllabus, educational mixtape, and public pedagogy.
February 28: Annotation on cobbler’s hammer.
“C. Rothwell / Dearfield, Colo / Black Cowboy”
Circa 1913-30 from the home of Charles Rothwell. Dearfield was the largest Black homesteading settlement in Colorado, about 70 miles northeast of Denver. #Annotate22 59/365
Source: History Colorado.
February 27: Annotation on directions.
“Go fuck yourself”
“Go fuck yourself again”
“Go fuck yourself back in Russia”
The Ukrainian state road agency Ukravtodor “posted an edited photo of a standard road sign in which directions to nearby cities have been replaced with profanities.” #Annotate22 58/365
February 26: Annotation on camera and war.
“No War Please”
“Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev wrote ‘No War Please’ on a TV camera moments after advancing to the final at the Dubai Championships on Friday.”
February 25: Annotation on discrimination.
“CODING: Words stricken are deletions; words underlined are additions.”
e̶t̶h̶n̶i̶c̶i̶t̶y̶ -> color
g̶e̶n̶d̶e̶r̶ -> sex
Yesterday the Florida House of Representatives passed the “Stop WOKE Act” that is intended to censor dialogue about systemic racism, gender, and race discrimination. #Annotate22 56/365
Source: Human Rights Campaign.
February 24: Annotation on sovereignty.
“Ukraine Will Resist!” A message about sovereignty and resistance written recently near London and featuring colors historically associated with Ukrainian independence and the national flag. #Annotate22 55/365
February 23: Annotation on donation.
Please join me in supporting the Transgender Education Network of Texas, an organization dedicated to furthering gender diverse equality in Texas, and also Equality Texas to help secure full and lived equality for LGBTQ+ Texans. One small and necessary act. #TransRightsAreHumanRights #Annotate22 54/365
February 22: Annotation on surveillance.
“What are you looking at?” #Annotate22 53/365
February 21: Annotation on good trouble.
“Never, ever be afraid to make noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” Happy birthday to John Lewis born on this day, February 21, 1940. Artist Jarrett Becke painted a mural of Lewis in Atlanta and shared this commentary via Instagram: “Keep fighting the good fight and never worry about getting into #GoodTrouble.” #Annotate22 52/365
February 20: Annotation on work.
“Coverline: The Future of Work When No One Wants to Work”
“Photography of Exploding Desk”
RT or reply with responses to my prompts:
“Hello Pandemic Year 3___”
Source: The New York Times Magazine.
February 19: Annotation on internment.
“The drawing for this map was originally drawn by Eddie Kubota, who was a high school student at Amache.” Carved into a sign at Camp Amache, which has now been designated a Historic Site and part of the National Park Service. Today, February 19th, is the Day of Remembrance and the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. #Annotate22 50/365
Source: Colorado Public Radio.
February 18: Annotation on Mars.
“The Jezero crater location has been named ‘Octavia E. Butler Landing’ in honor of the late literary giant.” Today, February 18, 2022, is the 1-year landing anniversary of NASA’s Perseverance rover. #Annotate22 49/365
Source: Smithsonian Magazine.
February 17: Annotation on the teaching of racism and sexism.
“Since January 2021, 37 states have introduced bills or taken other steps that would restrict teaching critical race theory or limit how teachers can discuss racism and sexism.” This interactive, and updated, map includes bill status and details for all 50 states, as well as Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. #Annotate22 48/365
February 16: Annotation on ungrading.
“If we are our policies, we need to really understand what they are and why they are there!” A public Hypothesis note by Mary Klann added to the Pressbooks text “Crowdsourcing Ungrading” by David Buck and colleagues. #Annotate22 47/365
Source: “Pedagogy for End Times: Ungrading and the Importance of Arson,” by Jessica Zeller, from the book “Crowdsourcing Ungrading” by David Buck and colleagues.
February 15: Annotation on art.
“They gave me a pen. I drew the eyes. I thought it was just their childhood drawings!” Security guard Aleksandr Vasiliev who, during his first day on the job, drew eyes on Anna Leporskaya’s painting Three Figures. #Annotate22 46/365
February 14: Annotation on the Colored Conventions.
For #DouglassDay: “Join us to transcribe, explore, and teach the records of the Colored Conventions, the longest civil rights movement of the 1800s. Help us enrich these records to share with future generations!” #Annotate22 45/365
Source: Douglass Day.
February 13: Annotation on note-taking.
“As someone who is VERY analog, I usually take notes by hand on physical media.” #ScholarSunday appreciation for the wisdom of Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega on note-taking techniques, scholarly marginalia, and all the colors! #Annotate22 44/365
Source: “A proposed heuristic to choose which note-taking technique we should use: Index Cards, Cornell Notes, Everything Notebook and Conceptual Synthesis Excel Dump (CSED) rows/Synthetic Notes” (Pacheco-Vega, 2021).
February 12: Annotation on the first Fugitive Slave Act.
“the person not imprisoned not held”
Excerpt of a redacted poem by Reginald Dwayne Betts. The first Fugitive Slave Act was signed by George Washington on this day, February 12, in 1793. From the poems and stories of the 1619 Project. #Annotate22 43/365
February 11: Annotation on injustice.
Expressions of “Free Mandela” as text displayed across everyday contexts–a poster, button, graffiti, and sculpture inscription. Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years on this day, February 11, 1990: “We have waited too long for our freedom.” #Annotate22 42/365
February 10: Annotation on umbrella characteristics.
For #NationalUmbrellaDay: “The sporting; The deprecatory; The gay & festive; Who wouldn’t be an umbrellas?; The Humberellers (generally waved gracefully in the sky); The volunteer; A variety of the gay & festive; The pokeyoney cont. (much admired); The heavy military.” #Annotate22 41/365
Source: New York Public Library.
February 9: Annotation on redistricting.
“The remaining Black population is split largely among three other districts where they are the minority.” AL-1: 26% of voting-age population is Black, AL-2: 30%, AL-3: 25%. A “visual explainer” about enacted congressional district maps in Alabama. #Annotate22 40/365
Source: The Guardian.
February 8: Annotation on school.
“You won’t use it in the real world, just cheat.”
An honest perspective, and some pragmatic advice for students. Added as graffiti to a wall at Manual High School, located a few blocks from my home in Denver. Photographed last spring. #Annotate22 39/365
February 7: Annotation on dinosaur pronouns.
“Among the edits, ‘him’ is now gender-inclusive ‘their.’”
A 2nd graders’ discerning correction of the book “That’s What Dinosaurs Do.” Thanks, Will Duffy, for sharing your child’s wisdom with us. #Annotate22 38/365
Source: Will Duffy.
February 6: Annotation on absolutely gut-wrenching heartbreak.
“10-16-2012 Happy Birthday, Lauren! Enjoy the book. I love you! – Anthony”
“3/8/2021 He lost me.”
Two handwritten notes in a book. Spotted by, and with commentary from @gracelgibson. #Annotate22 37/365
February 5: Annotation on evidence.
“Harm to Ongoing Matter” as redaction in “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election.” Former President Trump’s first impeachment trial–for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress–ended on this day, February 5, 2020. #Annotate22 36/365
Source: U.S. Department of Justice.
February 4: Annotation on boycott.
Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. were interviewed in 1956 about the Montgomery Bus Boycott and civil rights. Read these interview typescripts from the Library of Congress’ Rosa Parks Papers, with Parks’ annotation. Rosa Parks was born on this day, February 4, in 1913. #Annotate22 35/365
Source: Library of Congress.
February 3: Annotation on the World War II Memorial.
“Kilroy was here. Hiding in plain sight on the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. A little image with text. Staring back at him.” Listen to the Endless Thread podcast on “Kilroy was Here” and the essence of memes, texts, and contexts. #Annotate22 34/365
Source: Endless Thread.
February 2: Annotation on censorship.
Caution tape and custom “Banned!” book jackets added to a public library display. “Books on race and sexuality are disappearing from Texas schools in record numbers” reports NBC News. #BannedBooks #FReadom #Annotate22 33/365
Source: NBC News.
February 1: Annotation on the Woolworth’s lunch counter.
On this day, February 1, 1960 Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, David Richmond, and Jibreel Khazan–also known as The Greensboro Four–began sit-in protests. View 15 multimedia notes added to the digital exhibit from the National Museum of American History. #Annotate22 32/365
Source: Smithsonian Magazine.
A note about images:
#Annotate22 is an educational project and an act of public pedagogy. This year-long effort is comprised of blog posts, social media, and public Hypothesis annotations intended to advance new narratives about the relationship among annotation, literacy, and learning. Images are a key component of #Annotate22. The use of images follows best practices in fair use for media literacy education. Sources for all images are cited. Furthermore: a) Featured images are used for an educational purpose different than that of the original purpose, and are interpreted in an original and creative context; and b) The extent of featured images (i.e. a screenshot) is appropriate for the purposes of teaching and learning.