SubSearch P.S. The CM system for Marking Your Texts. S.U.B. S.E.A.R.C.H. (P.S.). S = Skim Speed read a Text for Main ideas! U = Underline (underline as you “first draft” read B = [Brackets] for that one major idea or thesis The SUB phase of the SubSearch (PS)
The CM system for Marking Your Texts
The SUB phase of the SubSearch (PS)
is the quick “first draft” reading that
focuses on finding the main idea or
the BIG PICTURE of a text selection.
As we Skim, Underline, and [Bracket] a text, we are forcing ourselves to concentrate and seek out the very few “MAIN IDEAS” in the passage.
SUB-ing a text is a fast strategy that leads the reader into discovery of the main concepts.
Just as a submarine “goes deeper” to hide and to attack, sometimes we need to go “deeper” to find the details of the passage.
S.E.A. are the three distinct ways to mark a text that cause you – the reader- to interact with the ideas and the details you are reading.
There are literally hundreds of SYMBOLS that you can use in the margin. Feel free to create your own.
An idea I agree with
I love this idea
Brainstorm – BIG IDEA
A “turnaround” idea / new direction
I disagree / incorrect thinking
Can you suggest a few other symbols?
LISTS of facts, details, names, and dates are some of the best clues an author gives to a reader.
Example: The North won the Civil War because they had better supplies, more economic power, and a larger population.
Make better use of your margins by using abbreviations. Think IM or text message lingo.
ot - off topic
pu – that idea stinks
FYI – for your information…an idea worth knowing
eod – end of discussion…the author makes a culminating point
tmi – too much information…don’t need to know all this
Can you suggest some more abbreviations that would be helpful?
:O = I’m shocked by this idea!
>:( = I’m annoyed with this author
: l = I’m bored with this text
:/ = I’m frustrated with this text
Highlighting is likeGOLD
Highlighting has value when it is RARE.
Too much highlighting = little learning!
*Only after we have SUB-ed and SEARC-ed, can we then pick up a highlighter – and we should put a limit on the number of highlighted sentences / phrases per passage.
P = PARAPHRASE
When you paraphrase, you put information into your own words.
S = SUMMARIZE
When you summarize, you condense large amounts of text into smaller bits of information.
If you can do both these things, then you are TRULY reading and comprehending!