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Stovall/Farrow/McMurray - Jr. Theme: Scrible

Note Cards


We will be using Scrible to archive our Annotations. So you will need to do the following:

❏Go to Chrome Webstore

❏Search for “Scrible” and add the [red] “Scrible Toolbar”
Extension by clicking  + to Chrome

❏You will now see a small red S with the other extensions

at the top right.   Click the S and sign in with Google (OPRF)

❏You will now be able to use the Scrible toolbar to annotate

internet and PDF sources as we research for junior theme.


                Sync your Scrible Account with your Google Docs!!

❏Open Google Docs and click to start a new document

❏Click “Add-ons” in the toolbar and select “Get Add-ons”

❏In the search bar, type “Scrible” and ADD the blue one! 

❏Click on “Add-ons” again, and click Scrible Writer and then START.

❏Log in with your google account to sync your research to your docs.

❏You will use this feature LATER in the research process to add citations to your outline.



Scrible Source Annotation Guidelines

You will be reading a variety of sources during the research process, most of which you will be accessing online, through web searches of credible content or through the library databases.  Using Scrible will allow you to annotate a digital copy of ANY web resource and save it for future reference.  You may choose to print web sources at any time, but online annotation with Scrible is mandatory for a minimum of 5 sources.  Use the guide below to keep your annotations  focused and organized.   


Step 1: Scrible your Source  ONCE you have found an article online that is CREDIBLE and RELEVANT to your topic, you will click the "S" in the top right corner of your browser to add this site to your Scrible Library.  You will then see a toolbar appear at the bottom of your webpage.  


Step 2:  Highlight (with FOCUS) You will only highlight text that will help you develop a complex argument about the American Dream.   You should think carefully about marking only brief passages or statements in the text that are relevant to our annotation focus points below.  You will highlight the sources with attention to the following color code. 


When reading sources, be sure to select the highlighter color that coordinates with the annotation focus points below.  You will be creating a NOTE with a HEADING and commentary for each highlight.   (Suggested “headings” in parenthesis)

       1.  Highlight in PINK definitions of the American Dream ("Definition of AD")

  1. Highlight in ORANGE Claims/Evidence that support the attainability of the American Dream (“AD is possible”)
  2. Highlight in YELLOW Claims/Evidence that challenge the attainability of the American Dream  (“AD is not possible”  or  “Obstacles to AD”)
  3. Highlight in GREEN Core Issues specific to YOUR chosen topic.  (For example:  “Racial Barriers”, “Glass Ceiling”,  “Mass Incarceration”, “Obstacles for immigrants”)  Take some time to list below at least 4 sub-topics or “headings”:





Step 3:  Creating NOTES in Scrible



Each time you highlight a passage, you will click the highlighted text and select the note icon to create a Digital Annotation Note Card.   Each note card will include the following: 

HEADING  that corresponds to the color of the note
(i.e. “Definition” if it is pink)

SUMMARY:  concisely restate in your own words the main facts or ideas of the text selection

RESPONSE: As you read source materials, you will be changing and developing your own view of the topic.  You may respond to the highlighted text by providing your opinion or evaluation of the text selection


 Sample Scrible Annotation NOTE  (Approximately 5 per source)


Each note will be posted with your name, the date, and the time.

(The trash can icon is if you want to get rid of the annotation)



**At the bottom of each source you must put a GENERAL PINK NOTE CARD:

  1. Write 2 questions that you have about this source.
  2. How will you use this source in your research paper?  Explain.


Then, you need to go into your Scrible Library and add your tags to your source.


Step 4:  Add TAGS to your new Scrible Source

To help you remember which sources brought you which information, you will assign them a number of TAGS.   You will create and assign these tags in your Scrible Library.

  1. When you finish annotating a source, click on the Library Icon
  2. You will see a list of your saved web sources.  Select the source you have just finished annotating.  Then click the TAG icon.
  3. Just like #hashtags, you will assign labels to each source that will help you sort and find them more easily.
  4. CREATE the tags:  Case Study, Counter Argument, Database Source, Definition, Quantitative Study, Scholarly Article.
  5. For each individual source, select only the tags that apply to that specific source and mark “Apply Tags.”
  6. Feel free to create additional tags to help you sort your articles.


Step 5:  Share your Annotations

You will only be asked to share your annotations with me at a few checkpoints along our research journey.   Each of your sources is saved and stored with its own unique URL.   When you see an assignment on Google Classroom that says your annotations are due, you will attach hyperlinks to the assignment, rather than uploading a document.   You will copy/paste a hyperlink to each of your annotations before clicking “turn in.”  


We will review these instructions together in class.