A photograph of a group of students working on assignments in books. One of them is standing and she is holding a book.

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The next step in effective annotation is to add meaningful marginal notations to your marked text. When you read “Give the Kids a Break,” your goal is to identify the elements of Rushin’s argument that are in favor of recess. His argument is convincing because of the claims he makes and because of the literary devices or rhetorical strategies he uses.

In this section, you will use a graphic organizer to read selected paragraphs from the article again and practice identifying these strategies and using margin notes to label them. See if you can find examples of these devices in the article: allusion, alliteration, and simile.

Download and open the graphic organizer and follow the instructions. You can type your responses on-screen or print this file and write them. When you are finished with it, go to the next section in this lesson. Graphic Organizer Instructions