Read and Annotate "A Letter from a Birmingham Jail"

Closely read the entirety of King's letter provided here.

A Letter from a Birmingham jail PDF

Use the annotation tools of Adobe Acrobat Reader to markup the letter as you read. Annotation helps your comprehension and your completion of later assignments with the reading. There are different ways to markup and interact with a text, but here are the basic rules to text annotation:

  • Underline or highlight key passages. Pay particular attention to major claims, appeals (three proofs), and supporting evidence. But avoid highlighting too much.
  • Circle or otherwise mark and look up unknown vocabulary words.
  • Make comments in the margins. Summarize the thesis. Draw connections between passages. Note rhetorical devices, recurring themes, or contradictions as you notice them. Include questions you have about the text.

Remember to save the PDF file for later use.

If you're unfamiliar with Acrobat's annotation features, watch this quick tutorial: