Chapter 3 Alex

Notice how each argument exhibits the authors choices and how it achieves its purpose. Models are very helpful, they can help you learn new vocabulary, sentence structure, style and persuasive strategies. Reading requires concentration, engagement, and a quiet mind. Some good reading strategies are to question:

  • Am I reading to get a basic idea of what this is about?
  • Am I reading to learn and fully understand a concept?
  • Am I reading to analyze or criticize something?

Each question determines how you should read a text.
Scan the table of contents, headings, tables, images and key words first and come up with questions. Then you should skim quickly redefining your sense of the main idea. This is how you preview. To read through you should read normally, take notes, stop if you are getting confused and try to make sense of what the author is saying and finally write down reactions. To review you should stop reading and recall what you read. Reread everything as soon as possible to solidify what you know, repetition is good. Limit distractions while reading. Know about the author and what they usually write about. Identify central claim, then identify support, linkages and finally implications.

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