Creating a List of Annotated Links

Annotations: An annotation is a brief description of the web site so potential visitors can make informed decisions about whether or not to visit the site. It's a recommendation in a way, also. Annotations are usually from 30-50 words. They will say what the site is about, describe its main features and point out any special qualities of the site. 

Together, we will create an annotation for a web site by answering four questions about the site. Follow along carefully. Ask questions as you need.

  1. Click on this web link and make the window it opens in smaller:

  2. Open a Word document and as we go through this process, take notes. Save the document in your H drive as "annotation lesson." Together, we will answer the following questions together. Copy and paste these questions into your Word document. Then, write your answers to them after we talk about them together.

  3. What is the main topic of this site?

  4. Who is the audience for this site?

  5. What will the visitor find here?

  6. What are the special features of this site?

Now that you have the answers to the questions above, combine the information into a short (30-40 words) description of the site. You may use this site and the annotation as one of your required links on your To Kill a Mockingbird page.

Format for including annotated links

The list goes in alphabetically order:

Related Sites

Name of web page (type the name of the site and make it a hyperlink)

The description or annotation follows. Be sure that what you write is in complete sentences. Check to see that you've included specific references to what visitors will find in the site and how it might be of use to them. Check spelling and grammar also.

Title of next web page

Annotations are usually 30-50 words. Answer the four questions to get the basic information you would need to write a good annotation. The following example is a real annotated link.


This site, created for the CyberEnglish9 students of Sheboygan Falls High school features the course standards, syllabus, and requirements. Links to assignments, formats, and rubrics are also included as well as links to all of the students' web sites.

Make the name of the page into a hyperlink instead of simply placing the url as the "title." The links not only look nicer, but the name of the site is more descriptive than the url.