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Getting more from what you read

A good reader does as many of the following as possible:

  Seizes the main ideas 

Thinks about what the author is saying

 Is active, not passive 

Concentrates on what is being read

 Remembers as much as possible 

Applies what is being read to personal experience.

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Think about the subject you are going to read about.

What do you know about this subject?

What do you want to learn about this subject?

After you read - What have you learned about this subject?

 

Skim the section you are going to read.

Do you see anything familiar?

Do you see anything new?

What is your overall impression?

 

Read for comprehension - Make a note of important parts.

Use a post-it note or an index card and write down important main ideas and vocabulary.  This will help you review what you have read.

Stop and re-read ideas that you are not sure you understand.

Think of where else you might find more information about he same topic.  "I bet there would be something in my history book about this, too."

 Recall to yourself what you have just read

Stop occasionally as you are reading and put into your own words what you have just read

At the end of a chapter, recall what the main points were

 

Discuss what you have read with another student or with your teacher. This will help you clarify your thinking.

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Textbooks

Read the Title  and Author of the text.

When was it published?

Read the Table of Contents

How many chapters are there?

How many pages in the whole book?

What chapter or chapters look the most interesting?

Thumb through the book

Are there pictures, graphs, maps, charts, and illustrations?

What impression do you have about the text?

After you have done all the above, go back and do it again in a more detailed way.

Use a good highlighting method, for instance...

RED Names of characters

RED Names of important places

GREEN  Unfamiliar words

BLUE Quotes: relevant or interesting to you

YELLOW Major events and passages

--CIRCLE page numbers of central scenes in the book.

--PEN your inner thoughts or predictions

 

Print this page and refer to it often!

Reading Strategies

1. Highlight those words you do not recognize. Look them up later. If you do not have a dictionary, try to use context clues for the passage or sentence to allow you to understand the word.

2. Circle or highlight a character's name. Create a list on the flap of your book or on a separate piece of paper of all of the character's names.You could even make a bookmark and place important dates or characters on it.

3. Circle, highlight, or underline an important quote or passage.

4. Circle the page numbers that include major events in the story.

5. Create chapter summaries at the end of each chapter. Include major events, introductions to new characters, a change in the setting, or other important parts. To review, simply re-read what you have written. Try to make yourself a mock-quiz and see how well you do!

6. Re-read important passages.

7. Try to make reading enjoyable. Recognize what type of environment you need in order to concentrate and focus on your book.

8. Have a drink and a snack handy! Take breaks when you find yourself re-reading the same line three times!

9. Set challenging but realistic goals for yourself.

 

"The book should be a ball of light in one's hand."

Ezra Pound

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