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Exploring the Digital Humanities for Teachers of English

Spring 2016 Humanities Day Workshop

Part 1: Engaging with Word History Online

Sayre N. Greenfield, Chair of the Humanities Division and Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
When and Where:
7 May 2016 from 9:30am to 10:45am
The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Cassell Hall 205

List of Websites for Engaging with Word History Online

Part 2: Teaching with Online Annotation Tools

Elisa E. Beshero-Bondar, Director of the Center for the Digital Text and Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
Course Materials and Projects
When and Where:
7 May 2016 from 11am to 12:30pm
The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Cassell Hall 205
Gabriel Harvey’s Annotations on Lodovico Domenichi’s FacetieSixteenth-century English writer Gabriel Harvey’s annotations on a copy of Lodovico Domenichi’s Facetie at the Folger Institute. Click on the picture to read a modern-day editor’s annotations of Harvey’s Renaissance annotations. Source:

Introduction to annotations, paratexts, and their target audiences

Activity: Set up an Hypothesis Account

Activity: Annotate a Literary Text on the Web

Read Annotation Tips for Students.

Choose a text to annotate from among the following sites:

Go to the Hypothesis site and paste the link to your site in the Hypothesis page to begin annotating, or install the Google Chrome Hypothesis plug-in so you can annotate directly on the site.

For this annotation exercise, we will work on preparing explanatory notes. Look for at least three opportunities to identify and explain unfamiliar words, concepts, or proper names. Look up information to help identify the proper name, locate something on a map, or provide an interesting illustration.

Draft annotations by highlighting a short passage (ideally just a word or a few words). Annotations tend to be most helpful when they are anchored to very specific points in a text to explain. Your annotations shouldn’t just give an opinion on how to read the passage, but should provide some specific information that helps us to visualize or understand the passage better. Include links and images in at least one of your annotations.

Add a tag to your annotations to help identify our workshop as a group. Use the tag #UPGHumDay.

When you are finished with your annotations, look for annotations written by another of us in the room, and add a comment to their annotations, to start a conversation about the text, ask a question, add information, link outward, participate in a collective effort.

Activity: Review and Reflect on Annotation Writing

Sample Annotation Assignments (with objectives)



Lit Genius and Education Genius