Hypothesis Notes

For our readings this semester, I will ask you to take notes using Hypothesis, an annotation tool that allows you to highlight and take notes on web pages. To get started, you’ll first need to create an account. You can then annotate pages by adding the Hypothesis bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmarks or by adding https://via.hypothes.is/ before a URL in the address bar (the main Hypothesis site can help you with both of these approaches).

To join our class group, follow this link. Whenever you annotate a reading for class, make sure you are filing the annotations to the class group. This is an option you’ll have in the Hypothesis side bar.

While there are not specific requirements in terms of how many annotations you make on a given reading, we are aiming to use this tool as a resource for sharing questions and insights, making connections, and generating class discussion. Toward that end, you should use Hypothesis both to process your own thinking about our readings and to help your classmates.

The following prompts might help you in your annotations:

  • Explain an idea to yourself. Rewrite the idea in your own words to see how well you understand it.
  • Highlight passages you find important and explain why.
  • Make connections, either within the reading or to other texts outside the reading. Explain why the connection matters, how it adds to our thinking.
  • Comment on a point. What makes you agree or disagree with a point? Can you add evidence or examples to support the point or challenge it?
  • Ask questions. Is there something you don’t understand? Are you having trouble understanding why the author is making a given point? Are there concerns you want to put on the table that the author hasn’t addressed?
  • Add your own commentary or side comments, whether serious or playful (or both).