Reading To Understand Reading To Respond

Active Reading: “A good reader forms visual images to represent the content being read, connects to emotions, recalls settings and events that are similar to those being presented in the reading, predicts what will happen next, asks questions, and thinks about use of language.”

1) Be sure to pay attention to what is actually there, not just what you are thinking. Try reading to understand (what is the writer saying and how does s/he say it?). Observations about a text are a good way to pay attention to what is actually there.

2) Second read through, try reading to respond (what do you think about what the writer is saying? what is most interesting to you?).

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