Friday, December 14, 2012

Reading Effectively - Part II


Last week I shared with you some guidelines on how to maximize your reading effectiveness.  I indicated that  effective reading is a process that can be broken down into three parts: Before Reading, During Reading, and After Reading. I suggested that in the pre-reading stage of the process you should consider the following questions:

1.  What do I want to know from the reading?
2.  What do I already know about the subject matter it treats?
3.  Why this particular text?
4.  What literary genre does the text fall under?
5.  What do I know about the author?

This week I would like to share with you the questions that you should consider During Reading. They are as follows:

1.  What did I just read? Can I rephrase it in my own words? How would I rephrase it?
2.  What is the author's purpose? What is he or she getting at?
3.  How does that which I am reading now relate to that which went before?
4.  Where is this current idea or thought taking me?
5.  What key words, phrases, ideas, should I take notice of?

Next week we will look in more detail at the specifics of interacting with the text During Reading.

[Artwork by Ric Couchman]

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