Reading Strategies

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From NORTON FIELD GUIDE TO WRITING, 3rd edition.

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Reading Strategies

  1. 1. READING STRATEGIES
  2. 2. TAKING STOCK OF YOUR READING PGs. 396-397
  3. 3. READING STRATEGICALLY • Academic reading places several demands on you at once • Different texts require different kinds of effort • You cannot read in a hurry
  4. 4. ANNOTATING • Highlight key words/phrases/sentences • Connect ideas with lines or symbols • Writing comments or questions in the margin • Noting anything that seems noteworthy or questionable • Annotating forces you to read more than just the surface • It also creates a record of things you want to say (in discussion/writing)
  5. 5. PG. 402-403 SAMPLE ANNOTATION
  6. 6. THINKING ABOUT HOW THE TEXT WORKS How does the text’s parts fit together? What does it say? Write a sentence that identifies each paragraph. At the end, look to patterns. What does it do? Identify the function of each paragraph.
  7. 7. SUMMARIZING Helps the reader understand the text and see the relationship amongst the text’s ideas
  8. 8. IDENTIFYING PATTERNS Patterns: Recurring words and their synonyms; Repeated phrases, metaphors and other types of sentences. What is the writing strategy used most often: Narration? Compare & Contrast? Etc.
  9. 9. ANALYZING THE ARGUMENT Argument: Claiming something and then offering reasons and evidence as support for the claim. Look closely at the argument the text makes. Recognize all the claims. Consider the support the text offers for those claims. How do you want to respond?
  10. 10. CONSIDER THE LARGER CONTEXT Who else cares about this topic? Ideas? Terms? Citations?

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