Three levels of reading

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Support presentation for reading on three levels. Students first read the photographs, we distinguish between literal observations and subjective inferences, then we discuss the levels.

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Three levels of reading

  1. 1. Three Levels of Reading
  2. 2. Three Levels of Reading • Literal Level – Author’s words in the book • Inferential Level – The reader’s interpretations • Applied Level – Using what’s learned in life
  3. 3. Three Levels of Reading Applied Level – Using what’s learned Inferential Level – The Reader’s interpretations Literal Level – Author’s words in the book
  4. 4. Reading Problems & Solutions LITERAL LEVEL • People who do not read well at the literal level miss much of the information necessary to interpret the story. • Weak literal reading is often caused by boredom and distractions, or reading too fast; it may also be caused by have rudimentary reading skills. • Literal Solutions: 1. Find the right reading material 2. Create a reading environment 3. Re-read passages you didn’t grasp 4. Keep reading to improve skills
  5. 5. Reading Problems & Solutions INFERENTIAL LEVEL • Good literal readers can have problems understanding the material for several reasons. – The material may be complicated or poorly written at the literal level – The material may be of an esoteric nature and discuss situations and events completely foreign to readers – The reader was rushing to meet a deadline – The material may contain unfamiliar vocabulary – The reader doesn’t read between the lines • Inferential Solutions: 1. Read complicated books with others; don’t read poorly written books 2. Read a lot to become familiar with more situations and events 3. Expand your vocabulary at every opportunity 4. Take the time to think
  6. 6. Reading Problems & Solutions APPLIED LEVEL • People have problems applying their reading for several reasons: • Literal and inferential problems • Read for the wrong reasons – school assignment, bragging rights, fitting in • They were predisposed to disagree with the premise • Problems with transference – applying learning to new situations • Applied Solutions: 1. Read the best 2. Read for fun 3. Share what you read 4. Actively look for the parallels between your reading and your life and apply accordingly

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