A. Look for reliability:
- Is the author reliable and how do you know?
- Is the publisher reliable and how do you know?
B. Look at pictures, captions, headings and fonts:
- What are some questions that the article might answer?
- Hint: you are being asked to predict, but write your predictions as questions
- Hint: questions start with what, where, when, why, who or how; they end with question marks.
C. Read an article and summarize:
- What are the main ideas?
- What are the supporting details, or what is the evidence?
- Hint: use the font and headings to help determine the various sections.
- Hint: organize your information so it is easy to read.
D. Read an article and infer:
- What is important to remember?
- Why is it important? What difference does it make in our world?
- Hint: use your background knowledge and make connections.
- Hint: write a paragraph with a topic sentence and at least 3 supporting sentences as evidence.
E. Read an article and analyze:
- What reading strategies did you use to help you understand the article?
- Hint: write the strategy, quote the passage where you used it, and explain how it helped.
F. Read an article, infer, and assess:
- What do you think the author hopes you will learn from the article?
- What clues revealed the purpose?
- What was the effect of the article on you?
- Hint: remember that reading can entertain the mind, inform the mind, heal the heart and inspire you to become a better person.
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