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Transcript of Reading Strategies
Much of the material of this presentation taken from "Reading Strategies for the Content Areas" Beers and Howell, 2003
Non-Readers or Poor Readers
Independent Strategic Readers
Types of Readers
Clues to define word
Try to connect to known words
Glossary, thesaurus and dictionary
Define using your own words
Create image of the word
Use in other sentences
Strategies for Encountering New Words
Prior knowledge leads to new understanding
Read widely - multiple sources
Discuss often with others to firm up understanding - study groups -
Linking New Reading to Existing Knowledge
Summarize and predict what is next
Use clues (pictures, graphs and charts) to predict what it next in the text
Turn subheadings into questions to predict
Connect what you just read to existing knowledge
Support point of view with that of others
Find errors in your own thinking
Stop and think to test understanding
Identify areas of the text that don't make sense
Picture = 1000+ words
Create images (flow charts, graphs, pictures, tables to organize your new understanding
Images of Your Understanding
Find key issues and main ideas and summarize in your own words
Create topic sentences
Draw conclusions and make generalizations with supporting detail
Summarize Your Learning
Headings and subheadings
Bold and Italicized words
Organization and pattern of text (chronological, least important to most important etc.)
Images (pictures, charts, cartoons etc)
Tools to Helps Understanding
Quiet space - limited distractions
Paper and pen at hand
Organization of text
Questions that you will try to answer
Preparing to Read
If you find that you read text and have trouble understanding it, you may want to review these strategies and see if any might work for you.
This Prezi has some strategies, but below are some links to others that you may prefer. Also, feel free to Google "reading strategies comprehension college" to find more information.