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Unit 2 Reading Skills. Active Reading. Reading is like playing football – you need a GOAL and a STRUCTURE GOAL : what information do I want out of this reading? STRUCTURE : a mental map 3 ways: Check your understanding, monitor difficulties

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Unit 2 reading skills

Unit 2Reading Skills


Active reading

Active Reading

Reading is like playing football – you need a GOAL and a STRUCTURE

  • GOAL: what information do I want out of this reading?

  • STRUCTURE: a mental map

    3 ways:

  • Check your understanding, monitor difficulties

  • Thinking as you read (with a goal & structure)

  • Thinking about what you read instead of memorising


Skimming a paragraph

Skimming a paragraph

  • Look quickly – get the gist (spot relevant bits) – ignore details & examples

  • Beginning (main concerns / themes)

  • Middle (arguments / points / examples)

  • End (relation between main points & examples, with slight modification)


Skimming a chapter

Skimming a chapter

  • Headings, subheadings & layout

  • Flip to the end to read SUMMARY first.

  • Diagrams – capture meaning faster

  • FIRST paragraph of each section

  • FIRST sentence of each paragraph

  • LAST paragraph of a section / LAST TWO paragraphs for conclusion


Unit 2 reading skills

Book

  • Blurp (to sell) vs Preface (to tell)

  • Index / glossary – quick & easy search for topics

  • Appendix – more info

  • Bibliography – sources & interviews

  • Footnotes – additional info

  • References – for confirmation & FURTHER STUDY


Web page

WEB PAGE

  • Linear vs Non-linear

  • text-based vs graphical user interface

  • Interactivity – activities to engage you

  • User control – more engaging

  • CREDIBILITY: check if info is up-to-date


Bibliography

Bibliography

  • A bibliography is a list of books and other printed materials referred to by the writer of a report.

  • The bibliography is arranged in alphabetical order by authors’ surnames.


Hard copy books

Hard-copy (Books):

  • For a book with one author:Surname, First name. Book title in italics. Edition (if available).City of publication: Publisher’s name, Year book published.

  • Examples:

  • Kohler, Jane. Human Behavior. Sydney: McGraw-Hill, 1988

  • Yu, Alice. The Applied Theory of Price. 3rd ed. Hong Kong: Macmillan, 1997.


Hard copy books1

Hard-copy (Books):

  • For a book with two authors, place the first author’s name first:Surname, First name, and First name Surname of second author. Book title in italics. Edition(if available).City of publication: Publisher’s name, Year book published.

  • Example:

  • Tan, James, and Harry Ang. Singlish and Its Cultural Setting. Singapore: TimesPublishers, 2010.


Hard copy articles

Hard-copy (Articles):

  • For an article with a known author:

  • Surname, First name. “Article title within double quotation marks.” Magazine title in italics, Date article appeared, page number (p. 4) or page range (pp. 9-15) of article.

  • Example:

  • Tan, Susan. “The CPF Question.” The Straits Times, 20 November 2006, pp. 11-18.

  • Singh, P.N. "No Go for Leonardo." 8 Days, 3 July 2010, p. 4.


Hard copy articles1

Hard-copy (Articles):

  • For an article with no author given:

  • “Article title within double quotation marks.” Magazine title in italics, Date article appeared, page number (p. 4) or page range (pp. 9-15) of article.

  • Example:

  • "The Internet,untethered." The Economist, 13 October 2011, pp. 3-4.


Web sources

Web Sources

  • For Internet sources, provide the following information in the given order:

  • a.Author’s name, for example:Harriet Smith,Wong Siew Mei

  • b.Title of document in double quotation marks, for example: “Battle of the Bulge.”

  • c.Title of complete work (if relevant) in italics or underlined


Web sources1

Web Sources

  • d.Date of publication or last revision

  • e.Full URL in angled brackets, for example:<http://www.example.com/report_writing/25-08-2009/html>

  • f.Date of access in parentheses, for example: (21 April 2012)


Web examples

Web Examples

  • 1.BooksPeter J. Bryant, "The Age of Mammals," Biodiversity and Conservation, April 2009, <http://darwin.bio.uci.edu/~sustain/bio65/index.html> (21 July 2010)

  • 2.Professional Sites

  • NTUC Income Cooperative, NTUC Income, <http://www.income.com.sg> (14 June 2011)

  • Singapore Government, Singapore Government Online Portal, <http://www.gov.sg> (3 May 2011)


Web examples1

Web Examples

  • 3.Personal Sites

  • JasonQuek,"Homepage,"<http://web.singnet.com.sg/~jasonqhs/> (15 July 2011)

  • 4.Articles in Electronic Magazines (e-zines)

  • Kevin Bonsor, "How Black Boxes Work," Marshall Brain's HowStuffWorks, <http://www.howstuffworks.com> (13 July 2002)

  • Nathan Myhrvold, "Confessions of a Cybershaman," Slate, 12 June 1997 <http://www.slate.com/CriticalMass/97-06-12/CriticalMass.asp> (19 May 2001)


Web examples2

Web Examples

  • 5.Newspaper Articles

  • Christopher Wren, “A Body on Mt. Everest, a Mystery Half-Solved,” New York Times on the Web, 5 May 2009, <http://search.nytimes.com/search/daily/bin/fastweb?getdoc+site+87604+0+wAAA+%22a%7Ebody%7Eon%7Emt.%&Eeverest%22> (13 March 2012)


Activity

Activity

1.How many types of sources are there in a bibliography? What are they?

  • Two: Hard-copy and Web sources.

  • 2.How many types of hard-copy sources are there? What are they?

  • Two: Books and articles.

  • 3.You have referred to a book with two authors when writing your report. How do you list it in your bibliography?

  • For a book with two authors, place the first author’s name first:

  • Surname, First name, and First name Surname of second author. Book title in italics. Edition (if available). City that book was published in: Publisher name, Year that book was published.


Activity1

Activity

4.You have referred to a magazine article without an author when writing your report. How do you list it in your bibliography?

  • For an article with a known author:

  • “Article title in double quotation marks.” Magazine title in italics, Date that article appeared, page number (p. 4) or page range (pp. 9-15) for the article.


Activity2

Activity

  • 5.What are the items that need to be listed when documenting a Web source (in order)?

  • Author’s name

  • Title of document in double quotation marks

  • Title of complete work (if relevant) in italics or underlined

  • Date of publication or last revision

  • Full URL in angled brackets

  • Date of access in parentheses


Assignment 1

Assignment 1

  • Preparation and Progress Check for Assignment 1.

  • Pair-work on Making a Pitch


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