Martin Eden Annotation Assignment

The goal of this assignment is to show me how deeply and richly you understand Jack London’s novel, Martin Eden.  You’ll do this by annotating one chapter of the novel.  You should do four annotations of at least 100 words each.  You can integrate links, images, video, etc. into your annotations.

Due date: Monday, March 13, 2017

How do I annotate?

We’ll be using the hypothes.is annotation platform – – simple, efficient and clean.  When you open the Martin Eden page, you’ll notice a sidebar to the right with an arrow.  Click on that arrow and the sidebar will slide out.

Click on the link that says “Create free account.”  Create an account.  Nota bene:  when you choose a user name, choose one that will let me know the annotations belong to you.  (E.g. “profhanley” versus “BxIrish” or etc.)

Once you’ve created an account and logged into Hypothesis (on the Martin Eden page), you’re ready to start annotating.  Here are the basics for how to mark text and add comments. (Don’t worry about mention of the “extension”  – – that’s already been installed on the motherblog.)    N.B.  Make sure your annotations are set to “public,” so that we can all read them.

What is a good annotation?

Each of your annotations should explain how the word, phrase, sentence, or sentences that you highlight connects to a significant theme, motif, or opposition in the novel.  (No plot summarizing!)  Within the annotation, you should point to other instances or examples of this theme, motif, opposition in the rest of the novel.  (I.e., demonstrate your mastery of the novel to me.)  Cite or (briefly) quote these other instances of the theme, motif, or opposition by page number and/or chapter.  In a sense, you are networking this chapter of Martin Eden to the rest of London’s narrative.

Some ground rules.

Obviously, your annotations should be free of typographical, spelling, grammar, and usage errors.  They should be well-written – -direct and clear.

As noted earlier, feel free to integrate images, links, etc. into your annotations.  (Some folks call this “multi-modal” writing.)

If another student has chosen the very word, phrase, or sentence(s) that you want to annotate, you have a choice: either move on to another segment of the text, or add a new annotation that is significantly different from and meaningful to the existing annotation.  (In general, I’d choose the first option.)

If you get started early, I can give you some feedback on your annotation(s).  I’ll check in on the page regularly, but will definitely comment on annotations posted by Wed., March 8.  (If you don’t want any feedback before the due date, just let me know.)

Questions?  Email me or ask in class!