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Five Finger Approach to Reading Nonfiction
Transcript of Five Finger Approach to Reading Nonfiction
What do I already know about this topic?
Does it express a point of view?
What do I think I will be reading about? Entrance Gateways to important information. Visible Organizers Ask yourself: What does this heading let me know I will be reading about?
What is the topic of the paragraph beneath it?
How can I turn this heading into a question that is likely to be answered in the actual content? Framework Background Writing following the title but before the first heading. Ask yourself: Is there an opening paragraph, perhaps italicized?
Does the first paragraph introduce the text?
What does the introduction let me know I will be reading about?
Do I know anything about this already? Not a testing taking strategy. Time-saving strategy. Is there a list of key vocabulary terms and definitions?
Are there important words in boldface type in the text?
Do I know what they mean?
Can I tell the meaning from the sentences in which they are embedded? Ask yourself: Ask yourself: What do the questions ask?
What information do they earmark as important?
What information do I learn from the questions?
Let me keep in mind the questions I am to answer so that I may annotate my text where pertinent information is located. Flag important points and concepts. Establish a purpose for reading. Get information from questions. Conclusion to the text. Chunk and chew bite-size pieces of text. V Transitions to reading Bold Italics Quotation Marks Are there photographs, drawings, maps, charts, graphs?
What can I learn from them?
How do the captions help me better understand the meaning? Ask yourself: Think about the main idea of that part. Chunk and chew bite-size pieces of text. Read each part of the text. Mark important words in each part. Write a mini-summary of that part in the margin of the text. reading and use fix up strategies when... pictures stop forming in your mind.
you can't anwer questions or make inferences.
your mind wanders; you're reading, but you're thinking about something else.
you can't summarize. When reading becomes difficult, try these. If there is a word you don't understand... sound it out use context clues. break it down into word parts - prefixes, bases, suffixes look it up in a dictionary Identify the specific reason why the author is writing. Point out the primary, specific reason the author is writing. The most important idea in the passage the reader to do what the reader about what the reader with what So what's this really all about? Review the author's purpose you identified. Look at the title again.
What is the topic of the text? Read your margin summaries. Write the central idea in your own words. Do all the margin summaries and visuals support your main idea? If not, try another central idea. Be thieves!