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  • Slide 1
  • How to Read a Text Book Reading Strategies for Students
  • Slide 2
  • How is a Text book different from a novel? O Heavier & larger O Pages are larger & more colorful O Contains pictures, charts, graphs O Each page has bold, highlighted & colored text to point out key words & topics O Chapters end with reflection questions, study guides, & activities O Contains a glossary & index
  • Slide 3
  • Reading a Novel Lets first think about a novel O What is your purpose for reading a novel? O Entertainment O How do you read a novel? O Start to finish O How is a novel organized? O Into chapters O Sequence with a beginning, middle, & end
  • Slide 4
  • Reading a Textbook Now lets compare that to textbook O What is your purpose for reading a textbook? O Information O How do you read a textbook? O Skimming by topic O How is a novel organized? O Into sections O Not sequential- by topics
  • Slide 5
  • How is reading a textbook different from reading a novel? With a novel you think sequentially With a textbook you think conceptually BeginningMiddleEnd TopicSubtopicDetails subtopicDetails
  • Slide 6
  • How is reading a text book different from reading a novel? O Do not read from start to finish! O Do not read word for word! O Skim text O Look at charts & pictures O Look ahead to questions at the end O Read bold print O Take notes O Stop to think/reflect/question/summarize
  • Slide 7
  • Parts of a Textbook O Table of Contents O Chapters O Headings & Sub headings O Charts/Graphs/Pictures O Captions O Chapter Study Guides/Review O Resources O Glossary O Index
  • Slide 8
  • Find out how your textbook Chapters are organized O Cover page O Chapter is broken down into lessons O Key concepts & Vocabulary given for each lesson O Lessons are broken down into sections (red text) O Sections broken down into subsections (blue text) O Lesson Review & Connection at the end of each lesson O Chapter Review at the end
  • Slide 9
  • Textbook Tips O Know what the symbols & icons mean O Get familiar with the student resources O Look for the BIG IDEA icon O Look for the Key Concepts icon O Look at & read the pictures & graphs first O Pay attention to bold & highlighted words
  • Slide 10
  • So How Do you Read a textbook? O Silent reading is most effective O Textbook reading strategies: O Survey O Skim O Connect to what youve learned in class O Reread parts that confuse you O Summarize key points O Take notes in outline format O Lecture to the wall- verbalize what you read
  • Slide 11
  • Define your purpose O The way you read your textbook depends upon your purpose for reading O What is your purpose for reading? O Answer questions at the end O Assigned Reading O Look for information O Study for a test
  • Slide 12
  • Reading to Answer Questions O Look ahead to the question O Skim through the headings to find the section where that topic is discussed O Skim the section looking for key words in your question O Once you find the key words slow down & read carefully for the answer O Repeat for the next question O (HintUsually questions go in order of the chapter) O Lets look at Chapter 5 Review- question 5 (pg. 176)
  • Slide 13
  • Reading to Find Information O Use the Index or the Table of Contents to find where your topic can be found O Skim until you find key words related to your topic O Slow down & read carefully once your find the information you are looking for O Find this information: How did Aristotles & Democrituss view on matter differ?
  • Slide 14
  • Assigned Readings Introductory Reading O 1. Survey text looking at key concepts, vocabulary, pictures & graphs O 2. Skim the section quickly pausing at section headings, subheadings, bold, & highlighted words then speed up again O 3. Close your book, stop & think about what you read- jot down an overview of what the section is about from what you remember O 4. Now go back & reread the section for comprehension. Skim parts you already know, slow down on parts that confuse you. O 5. Take notes on items you want to review or seemed unclear about O Lets try it together: Chapter 1 Lesson 1
  • Slide 15
  • Reading to Review Information Mastery Reading O First read your lecture notes O (anything found in both lecture notes & chapter is extra important) O Go the chapter & read the summary and review questions at the end O Skim through each section reading the key concepts & vocabulary- O Slow down on sections that confuse you O Skim each section & summarize key points verbally (lecture to the wall) O Keep doing this in 15 min. chunks until you feel comfortably with the entire passage O Review one more time right before bed
  • Slide 16
  • Lets Recap what we learned about reading Textbooks O Survey first O Look for pictures, charts, and graphic organizers. These items are most important. O Read the headings and all subheadings. These are the chapter's main ideas and give you a map for reading O Pay attention to key concepts & vocabulary words O Think about your purpose for reading & adjust your reading strategies for that purpose O Summarize main ideas either verbally or in writing O Take notes to help you remember difficult concepts O Read in short chunks
  • Slide 17
  • Dont let this happen to you Learn textbook reading strategies!