BC: Remember these tips for active reading as you go through the course.
FC: ACTIVE READING
1: When you read, if you are not an active participant, you aren't learning anything. You shouldn't just be sitting there, only moving when you turn the page. Instead, you need to be using a variety of strategies before, during, and after you read.
2: Before you begin a reading assignment, you should preview the text. Think about it--before you watch a movie, don't you preview it? You see the ads, ask your friends about it, and read the reviews. In the same manner, you want to preview anything you read. | Preview Read the title and any heading or bold text. What does this seem to be about? As you take notes, these are good to use as headings. Look at any pictures or graphics. What do they suggest or seem to have to do with the subject?
3: Question What do you already know about this subject? What do you want or need to know about the subject? What do you think this text might have to say about the subject? During reading, you may need to write on the text, so if it's a book you can't write in, make a copy. If you can't do that, make a good set of notes. Sometimes sticky notes are great to use.
4: During Reading As you read, you want to do more than just look at the words and turn the pages. You should be responding to the book in the same way that you would respond to a friend in a conversation. You'll be underlining, highlighting, making comments, asking questions, making predictions, visualizing images, and so on. When you're having a conversation, you underline or highlight comments that you agree with or think are important by nodding or saying "Yeah!" You'll ask questions when you need more information or disagree, etc. You are actively involved instead of just sitting there hearing the words.
5: Mark the Text Underline or Highlight key words or phrases, definitions, or important points. Use different colors to help organize.
6: Make Comments When you read something you agree with, write down a comment - why you agree. When you read something you disagree with, write down why you disagree. Did something in the text remind you of something? Write it down. Write down any predictions you make about what might happen next. Can you think of another example? Write it down. When you have a question, write it down.
7: Visualize When something is described in the text, try to visualize it. Draw a sketch if it helps to make the description concrete. | Use Context Clues When you don't know a word, use context clues to help figure out what it means. What is the rest of the sentence about? If context clues don't help, and you don't understand the sentence without that word, look it up! If no dictionary is available,you know you can always find the definition online. Did you know that you can also get the definition to a word by texting Google? For instance, if you want the definition for "fastidious," you would text "define fastidious" (without the quotation marks) to 466453. If you haven't used up your text allowance for the month, give it a try. It's pretty cool.
8: Review Go back to your preview - were all the questions you had answered? Identify the main idea and purpose of the author. What was he or she trying to say about the subject? | After Reading: When you finish reading, there are additional steps to complete the reading process. You will want to review, summarize, identify unknowns, and even analyze.
9: Summarize Summarize each segment of the reading selection. In your own words, what happened? What was explained? If you were telling a friend about it, what would you say? Use the headers from your preview to help break the selection into segments or parts.
10: Identify Unknowns Which questions weren't answered? Do you have new questions? Write them down. Were there words you were unable to define?
11: Analyze Did you like or dislike the piece? Why? Did you agree or disagree with the author? Why? Were your predictions correct or incorrect? Try to identify why.