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Becoming an Active Reader

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Joice Santos

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Chapter 7
Becoming an Active Reader Joice Santos
October 7, 2012
BE111 Active Readers VS Passive Readers who are aware of and are in control of their reading process and also use active learning strategies. Learn to break
passive reading habits. who are not aware of their reading process, read inattentively, and don't make use of active learning strategies. Interaction with the text is key to active reading. • Take notes
Cornell Method, outline, any preferred system
• Mark the text
Highlight, underline, circle, etc
• Question what you’re reading
Who, what, when, why, and how
• Think about the author’s ideas
• Talk to a friend about it

My advice:
Open a book with an open mind and without any distractions as much as possible. • Control their interest level and concentration
• Read with a purpose
• Know what information to look for and why
• Relate the author’s ideas to their own experience and knowledge Active Readers Passive Readers • Not in control with what they read
• Lose interest easily and give in to distraction
• Expect others to engage them and keep their attention
(ex: watching television) Understand the process of reading
and how you can take control over it. Metacognition The awareness of yourself in the process of thinking and the actions you take to control the process. Since reading and studying can be controlled by choices you make and the actions you choose to do, you can... • Set reachable goals to complete tasks
• Be realistic about your strengths and weaknesses
• Know how you learn best—your learning style.
• Study at times and in places that help you focus.
• Find ways to motivate yourself.
• Monitor your progress:
Keep track of your grades, learn from your
mistakes, and consistently try to do better.
• Evaluate your results.
• Get help when you need it.
1.)Set a realistic reading goal.
2.)Read with a purpose.
3.)Read with a pen or highlighter.
4.)Review and recite from your
notes or markings. Strategies to become an active reader: Skimming and Scanning Skimming
• Quickly glance through the text to get a general idea what the text is about (the topic, author’s purpose, key ideas)
• The introduction, headings, and summary will provide a big picture and can help determine how difficult the reading is and how much time you plan on spending on it.
• This will also help prepare to think about the author’s ideas
• Rapid reading
• Used to search for specific facts or details
• Pertained as “detail” strategy
•It can be challenging, reading and even speaking the language itself for the first times.
•With the English language, there are many inconsistencies in spelling and grammar.
•There are many expressions involved that may seem different from what it really means.
•As an active reader, seek help when needed. When English is Your Second Language Strategies to manage reading assignments: 1.) Find or start a study group.
2.) Ask questions.
3.) Talk through the material.
4.) Read
5.) Use your dictionary.
6.) Take an ESL (English Second Language) course. Improve Your Reading Comprehension More than recognition
More about comprehending or understanding Use strategies that will help
you read for ideas Paragraphs Textbooks :) Essays Words Articles Sentences Ideas come from... ... and all of these support one main idea. Find the Main Idea • Look for the topic sentence which is often in the first sentence. It combines the author’s topic and opinion, and it summarizes all the information presented in the sentence.
• If the main idea is not stated in the topic sentence, identify the topic by inferring it form the details. Look for signal words that introduce the major details.
• Determine the author’s opinion about the topic. Determine whether or not the author explains, compares, gives reasons, or even argues about his opinion.
Identify Supporting Details direct observations, quotations, statistics, dates, numbers, reports of an events, or expert testimonies that can be verified Facts: used to support a main idea when their purpose is to explain the question why Reasons: situations, instances, or even people that authors use to illustrate, support, or clarify a main idea. Examples: Personal inferences
- educated guesses based on personal experience or common knowledge

Textual inferences
- conclusions drawn from stated information Organizational Patterns
Comparison and Contrast: Two things are being compared.
Read to find similarities and differences. Cause and Effect: The author explains why something happens.
Read to find reasons and results. Classification: Items are grouped into categories.
Determine the number of categories and identify the characteristics of each category. Example: A main idea is supported by giving examples. Sequence: Certain details follow a certain order
Often part of a process that explain how things happen Definition: Provides an extended meaning of a word or a concept Using a Textbook Marking System Highlight
Circle the text

Do whatever
works for you! Discussion:
1. Would you consider yourself to be an active or passive reader? Why or why not?
2. What do you think of metacognition? QUIZ! 1. What is an active reader? A passive reader?
2. What is the key to active reading?
3. What is metacognition?
4. What is the difference between skimming and scanning?
5. What does ESL stand for?
6. What are the three types of sentences to look out for in a paragraph?
7. What is the direct statement of a topic sentence about?
8. What is the difference between personal interference and textual interference?
9. What type of question does the author explain in the cause and effect pattern?
10. Identify the pattern where items are categorized. Citation: "Become a More Active Reader." — Brightside. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2012. <https://ementoring.themullanyfund.org/knowledge-bank/study-support/homework-and-study-skills/become-a-more-active-reader>.

"The Confident Student / Edition 7 by Carol C. Kanar." Barnes & Noble. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2012. <http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Confident-Student/Carol-C-Kanar/e/9781439082515>. "Tips for Textbook Reading." Tips for Textbook Reading. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2012. <http://www.davidsonccc.edu/lc/bookreading.htm>.
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