· Preview the Text
- Familiarize yourself with the table of contents, glossary and index.
- Read the titles, headings, subheadings, and captions.
- Look over charts, graphs, tables, photographs and/or illustrations.
- Read the bold and italicized words to become familiar with vocabulary.
- Read chapter summaries and questions at the end of the chapter.
· Access Prior Knowledge
- Think about what you already know about the topic.
· Make a Prediction/Inference
- Think about the title, the photographs, and what you have read so far.
- Tell what you think will happen next or what you will learn.
- Try to figure out things that the author does not say directly, “reading between the lines”.
· Set a Purpose
- Think about the reason the text was written.
- Was the author’s purpose to entertain, inform, persuade, or show how to perform a task?
· Ask and Answer Questions
- Ask yourself questions about what you do not understand in the text.
- Look for answers to your questions.
- Ask yourself if what you are reading makes sense.
- If you don’t understand something, reread or read ahead.
- Pause as you read to identify the most important ideas in the text.
- In your own words, explain the important things you have read.
- Ask yourself: How do I feel about what I read? Do I agree or disagree with what I read? Am I learning what I wanted to know?