Margin Notes



Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski decided to end each chapter in their book, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle with a tl;dr list instead of a summary. They explain:

Tl;dr is the internet abbreviation for “too long; didn’t read.” If you write a five-hundred-word post on Facebook or a multiparagraph comment on Instagram, someone might reply, ‘tl;dr.’ Our tl;dr lists contain the ideas you can share with your best friend when she calls you in tears, the facts you can use to dispel myths when they come up in conversation, and the thoughts we hope come to you when your racing mind keeps you awake at night. (p. xvi)

Here are the tl;dr lists for Chapter 2 “#Persist,” Chapter 4 “The Game is Rigged,” and Chapter 8 “Joyfully Ever After.”

Since all of our provincial Reading and Viewing Achievement Standards from grades 6-12 contain some variation of “distinguish between main ideas and supporting details; concisely summarize key information,” the tl;dr list is a unique way for students to practice these skills. After reading, viewing, or listening to a text, invite students to create a tl;dr list that captures what it is about.

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