How to Become a Better Reader. Five Strategies To Succeed in the Classroom!. Getting Started…. All too often, students have trouble under- standing what they read. A familiar complaint is “I read it, but I don’t get it.”
Five Strategies To Succeed in the Classroom!
Look over what you are about to read –
1. Work the title into a question to ponder what the selection will be about
2. Read any previews of intros that may be provided
3. Read the first few paragraphs and the last few to gather the main idea
4. Look over the first sentence of several paragraphs to generalize the organization of the piece
1. Don’t get bogged down with vocab, hidden meanings, conflict, etc…
2. Read in an attempt to understand as much as you can without getting lost in the details
3. ENJOY THE PROCESS!!!
1. In this book – Preview, Words to Watch, First Impressions (after the story)
2. Look for these features in order to understand the author’s purpose and begin to realize there is a deeper meaning to the text
3. You’ll be surprised at how many ideas you will generate regarding the meaning of a piece!
(For discussion purposes, it may help to # the paragraphs)
Using a highlighter or other tool (you can create your own “system” – symbols, circles, underlining – use what works for YOU!), mark places that stand out and write in the margins what comes to mind in terms of your understanding
ex. ideas that seem important or just interesting to you, examples the author uses, questions you don’t understand, new vocabulary, summary statements, etc…
The central point refers to the point of an entire selection (essay, story, article, etc.) – also known as THESIS; main ideas refer to the points of individual paragraphs – also known as TOPIC SENTENCES.
2. Identifying Key Supporting Details:
The support for central points and main ideas may be in the form of reasons, examples, details, facts, quotes, etc. Denoting these details will more thoroughly allow you to determine the author's point in a selection.
To uncover the craft, pay special attention to:
coyly, flaunted, swank, metamorphoses, morose, fare, endeared, sheepish, presumptuous, regressed