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Reading and Marking a Textbook
Transcript of Reading and Marking a Textbook
Understanding Your Reading through Marking Your Text
What are your challenges in
reading your textbooks?
1/1 Pair Share
Can't stay focused
Can't remember what I read
Don't know how to study for tests
Waste too much time reading and not understanding
Can't figure out what is important
Locating Main Ideas
First Things First:
Read the title
Skim the intro and conclusion 1st paragraph
Skim preview/summary (if there is one)
Read the titles and subtitles
Skim words in bold or italic print (vocabulary?)
Look over any pics, illustrations, charts, graphs
Glossary in chapter or back of book?
3 minute preread (based on any textbook)
Skimming with a purpose - you'll be able to hone in on important information later in close reading
Know why you are reading - pose questions, have
Activate prior knowledge - it's
easier to remember something
new if you hook it to
something you already know
Did you know? Prereading research shows that previews can improve recall, inferencing, the proper sense of words, and put readers in a better position to recognize problems in a text.
Mark the text
Write in the margins
Learn new vocabulary
Mark Up Your Text:
Underline/highlight - different colors? (topic sentences are normally 1st of paragraph)
Number steps or items - organize material
Abbreviations and symbols such as imp, *, or ! for important
? for passages you may need to consult
Def as signal to look up word
Int for intro, concl for conclusion
Make sense of material!
Don't want to mark up your book?
When highlighting/underlining/bracketing aim for 1-2 words every few sentences or one phrase per 1-2 paragraphs
If you're highlighting/underlining/bracketing more than 15-20%, you're marking too much
Look for main ideas and supporting details
Important words may be in bold or italic
Beyond Marking: Responding to Reading
Visualize - draw a picture, diagram
Summarize - restate key passage in own words
Clarify - restate meaning of difficult passage, define terms, make connections, ask others
Connect - Think of experience, real life examples
Respond - what do you think and feel about reading?
Question - ask questions stimulated by reading
or just turn headings into questions and
answer for understanding
5/5 minute activity
Are there online resources for your textbook?
http://www.m-w.com and http://www.dictionary.com
Additional Reading Tips
Turn headings into questions in margins, so you create a study area for testing
Create Reading Goals
Go back and review what you've marked
Over time you'll be able to spend a shorter time reviewing material