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How to Read a Text Book. Reading Strategies for Students. How is a Text book different from a novel?. Heavier & larger Pages are larger & more colorful Contains pictures, charts, graphs Each page has bold, highlighted & colored text to point out key words & topics - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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How to Read a Text Book

How to Read a Text BookReading Strategies for Students

How is a Text book different from a novel?Heavier & largerPages are larger & more colorfulContains pictures, charts, graphsEach page has bold, highlighted & colored text to point out key words & topicsChapters end with reflection questions, study guides, & activitiesContains a glossary & index

Reading a NovelLets first think about a novelWhat is your purpose for reading a novel?EntertainmentHow do you read a novel?Start to finishHow is a novel organized?Into chaptersSequence with a beginning, middle, & end

Reading a TextbookNow lets compare that to textbookWhat is your purpose for reading a textbook?InformationHow do you read a textbook?Skimming by topicHow is a novel organized?Into sections Not sequential- by topics

How is reading a textbook different from reading a novel?With a novel you think sequentiallyWith a textbook you think conceptuallyHow is reading a text book different from reading a novel?Do not read from start to finish!Do not read word for word!Skim textLook at charts & picturesLook ahead to questions at the endRead bold printTake notesStop to think/reflect/question/summarize

Parts of a TextbookTable of Contents ChaptersHeadings & Sub headingsCharts/Graphs/PicturesCaptionsChapter Study Guides/ReviewResourcesGlossaryIndex

Find out how your textbook Chapters are organizedCover pageChapter is broken down into lessonsKey concepts & Vocabulary given for each lessonLessons are broken down into sections (red text)Sections broken down into subsections (blue text)Lesson Review & Connection at the end of each lessonChapter Review at the end

Textbook TipsKnow what the symbols & icons meanGet familiar with the student resourcesLook for the BIG IDEA iconLook for the Key Concepts iconLook at & read the pictures & graphs firstPay attention to bold & highlighted words

So How Do you Read a textbook?Silent reading is most effectiveTextbook reading strategies:SurveySkimConnect to what youve learned in classReread parts that confuse youSummarize key points Take notes in outline formatLecture to the wall- verbalize what you read

Define your purposeThe way you read your textbook depends upon your purpose for readingWhat is your purpose for reading?Answer questions at the endAssigned ReadingLook for informationStudy for a test

Reading to Answer QuestionsLook ahead to the questionSkim through the headings to find the section where that topic is discussedSkim the section looking for key words in your questionOnce you find the key words slow down & read carefully for the answerRepeat for the next question(HintUsually questions go in order of the chapter)Lets look at Chapter 5 Review- question 5 (pg. 176)

Reading to Find InformationUse the Index or the Table of Contents to find where your topic can be foundSkim until you find key words related to your topicSlow down & read carefully once your find the information you are looking forFind this information: How did Aristotles & Democrituss view on matter differ?

Assigned ReadingsIntroductory Reading1. Survey text looking at key concepts, vocabulary, pictures & graphs2. Skim the section quickly pausing at section headings, subheadings, bold, & highlighted words then speed up again3. Close your book, stop & think about what you read- jot down an overview of what the section is about from what you remember4. Now go back & reread the section for comprehension. Skim parts you already know, slow down on parts that confuse you.5. Take notes on items you want to review or seemed unclear about Lets try it together: Chapter 1 Lesson 1

Reading to Review InformationMastery ReadingFirst read your lecture notes (anything found in both lecture notes & chapter is extra important)Go the chapter & read the summary and review questions at the endSkim through each section reading the key concepts & vocabulary-Slow down on sections that confuse youSkim each section & summarize key points verbally (lecture to the wall)Keep doing this in 15 min. chunks until you feel comfortably with the entire passage Review one more time right before bed

Lets Recap what we learned about reading TextbooksSurvey firstLook for pictures, charts, and graphic organizers. These items are most important.Read the headings and all subheadings. These are the chapter's main ideas and give you a map for readingPay attention to key concepts & vocabulary wordsThink about your purpose for reading & adjust your reading strategies for that purposeSummarize main ideas either verbally or in writingTake notes to help you remember difficult conceptsRead in short chunks

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