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  • Reading a Text--Some Definitions
    Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Critical Reading Reading a Text Some Definitions Y ou might think that reading a text means curling up with a good book or forcing yourself to study a textbook Actually reading a text can mean much more First of all let s define the two terms of interest here reading and text What Counts as Reading R eading is something we do with books and other print materials certainly but we also read things like the sky when we want to know what the weather is doing someone s expression or body language when we want to know what someone is thinking or feeling or an unpredictable situation so we ll know what the best course of action is As well as reading to gather information reading can mean such diverse things as interpreting analyzing or attempting to make predictions What Counts as a Text W hen we think of a text we may think of words in print but a text can be anything from a road map to a movie Some have expanded the meaning of text to include anything that can be read interpreted or analyzed So a

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  • How do Readers Read?
    to the Length of the Essay and other Requirements Plan your Time Well Reading for Meaning Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Critical Reading How do Readers Read T hose who study the way readers read have come up with some different theories about how readers make meaning from the texts they read Being aware of how readers read is important so that you can become a

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  • The Reading Equation
    Critically Previewing Annotating Summarizing Analyzing Re reading Responding Critically Reading Assignment Sheets Analyze your Assignment Sheet Carefully Pay Attention to the Length of the Essay and other Requirements Plan your Time Well Reading for Meaning Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Critical Reading The Reading Equation Prior Knowledge Predictions Comprehension When we read we don t decipher every word on the page for its individual meaning We process text in chunks and we also employ other tricks to help us make meaning out of so many individual words in a text we are reading First we bring prior knowledge to everything we read whether we are aware of it or not Titles of texts authors names and the topic of the piece all trigger prior knowledge in us The more prior knowledge we have the better prepared we are to make meaning of the text With prior knowledge we make predictions or guesses about how what we are reading relates to our prior experience We also make predictions about what meaning the text will convey For More Information How can Reaching Comprehension Make Us Better Writers Making Predictions Tapping into Prior Knowledge Previous Continue Introduction Tweet HELP

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  • Cognitive Reading Theory
    Contributors Citation Critical Reading Cognitive Reading Theory W hen you read you may think you are decoding a message that a writer has encoded into a text Error in reading comprehension in this model would occur if you as a reader were not decoding the message correctly or if the writer was not encoding the message accurately or clearly The writer however would have the responsibility of getting the message

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  • Strategies for Reading More Critically
    Sheet Carefully Pay Attention to the Length of the Essay and other Requirements Plan your Time Well Reading for Meaning Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Critical Reading Strategies for Reading More Critically A lthough you probably already read critically in some respects here are some things you can do when you read a text to improve your critical reading skills Most successful critical readers do some

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  • Previewing
    Reading If you are being asked to summarize a particular piece of writing you will want to look for the thesis and main points Are you being asked to respond to a piece If so you may want to be conscious of what you already know about the topic and how you arrived at that opinion What can the Title Tell Me About the Text Before you read look at the title of the text What clues does it give you about the piece of writing It may reveal the author s stance or make a claim the piece will try to support Good writers usually try to make their titles do work to help readers make meaning of the text from the reader s first glance at it Who is the Author If you have heard the author s name before what comes to your mind in terms of their reputation and or stance on the issue you are reading about Has the author written other things of which you are aware How does the piece in front of you fit into to the author s body of work What is the author s political position on the issue

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  • Annotating
    Memorable Images Write Your Questions and or Comments in the Margins of the Piece Write any Personal Experience Related to the Piece Mark Confusing Parts of the Piece or Sections that Warrant a Reread Underline the Sources if any the Author has Used Summarizing Analyzing Re reading Responding Critically Reading Assignment Sheets Analyze your Assignment Sheet Carefully Pay Attention to the Length of the Essay and other Requirements Plan your Time Well Reading for Meaning Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Critical Reading Annotating A nnotating is an important skill to employ if you want to read critically Successful critical readers read with a pencil in their hand making notes in the text as they read Instead of reading passively they create an active relationship with what they are reading by talking back to the text in its margins You may want to make the following annotations as you read Mark the Thesis and Main Points of the Piece Mark Key Terms and Unfamiliar Words Underline Important Ideas and Memorable Images Write Your Questions and or Comments in the Margins of the Piece Write any Personal Experience Related to the Piece Mark Confusing Parts of the Piece

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  • Summarizing
    your Time Well Reading for Meaning Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Critical Reading Summarizing S ummarizing the text you ve read is an valuable way to check your understanding of the text When you summarize you should be able to find and write down the thesis and main points of the text Annotating the thesis and main points Mark the thesis and main points of the piece The thesis is the main idea or claim of the text and relates to the author s purpose for writing Sometimes the thesis is not explicitly stated but is implied in the text but you should still be able to paraphrase an overall idea the author is interested in exploring in the text The thesis can be thought of as a promise the writer makes to the reader that the rest of the essay attempts to fulfill The main points are the major subtopics or sub ideas the author wants to explore Main points make up the body of the text and are often signaled by major divisions in the structure of the text Marking the thesis and main points will help you understand the overall idea of the

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