Textbook Reading

PRINTER-FRIENDLY VERSION

Become a strategic and active reader by engaging in the following activities before you read, while you are reading and after you read!

 

BEFORE YOU READ:

(Review any class notes that are related to the readings if you are reading to support classroom lectures. 

Review discussion questions posed on the syllabus or in class , if you are reading to prepare for class discussion.)

 

1:  Know the  Title of textbook? __________________________________________

2: Review the Textbook Features?

q  Table of contents includes unit and chapter titles only.

q  Table of contents includes unit and chapter titles and headings.

q  Table of contents includes unit and chapter titles, headings and subheadings

q  There are unit summaries at the beginning of each unit.

q  Chapters begin with a summary or overview (outline or narrative).

q  Chapters end with a summary or overview (outline or narrative).

q  There are questions at the end of the chapter.

q  There are questions at the end of each section of the chapter.

q  Chapters include “think about it” type examples throughout.

q  Chapters include graphs, illustrations and/or pictures to support the content.

q  The margins are big enough to make notations.

q  New terms are bold or italicized.

q  Other features include:

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3: Survey the chapter:

 

Chapter title: ____________________________________________________

Read the overview and/or summary.

Read the headings and subheadings.

Look at the illustrations and the captions.

Read the questions at the end of the chapter.

 

This chapter is about: ____________________________________________________

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The first heading in the chapter is: ___________________________________________

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The subheadings in the chapter are:

è  ________________________________________

è  ________________________________________

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4: Turn the headings and subheadings into questions you think might be answered when you read.

Question for the first heading: _____________________________________________

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Guess at an answer: _____________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

DURING YOUR READING:

 

1: Read to answer your questions.  

 

2. Underline or highlight or make notes in the margins of key points.

 

 

3: If you discover you have asked the ‘wrong' question. Revise your question to reflect what you are learning as

you read.  ________________________________________________________________________

 

By the time you finish a section of reading, you will have created your own study questions, increased your attention to what is important, and learned key concepts of the section you read.

 

AFTER YOU READ:

 

1. Quiz yourself with your own questions as a study tool.

 

2. Seek clarification on points you didn't understand.


 

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