Having trouble getting students to read a textbook? Not as interesting as your regular novel, reading a textbook requires some additional skills. Teach your students how to get the information they need from their sources.
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Language Arts Basics: Strategies for Reading a Textbook
Reading a textbook requires using the reading process. It's not the same as reading a text message, comic book, or short story. The first step in the reading process is pre-reading, followed by reading and post reading.
Browse the chapter. Look for headings, bold type, large type, drawings, and graphic organizers. These items are most important.
Read the title and all subheadings. These are the chapter's main ideas and give the reader a framework for learning.
If the textbook lists objectives and keywords at the beginning of the chapter, pay attention. These are key concepts.
As you read, pay special attention to bold faced and underlined words. Make sure you understand the definition before moving on.
Pay attention to sidebars and charts. They contain a lot of information in a little amount of space.
Before reading the chapter or section, look at the questions that appear at the end.
Read slowly and carefully. Take notes, if necessary.
Teachers can help students take notes by providing graphic organizers.
Break the reading up into 15-20 minute increments for long assignments.