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Enhancing Reading Comprehension: Strategic Approaches to Complex Texts
Presentation for CARES Session for M1s
Dr. Troy Hicks
In order to fully comprehend what we read, it is not enough to simply highlight words on the page or make marginal notes. Instead, we must actively engage with the text and recognize that strategies for metacognition -- for thinking about our own thinking -- must be employed. In this session, we will examine a number of strategies for engaging deeply with complex texts such as the elaborating on a definition, completing a cause and effect organizer, and developing a matrix for comparing and contrasting features of different phenomenon. Additionally, we will consider how writing, even a few sentences or a paragraph, can help with retention. Students will leave with a variety of practical strategies for enhancing their comprehension of complex texts.
Some strategies for approaching complex texts from
Questions to interrogate the text from "
50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think
39. What’s the purpose for this experiment or argument?
40. Would you elaborate on the purpose of this?
41. What issues or problems do you see here?
42. What evidence or data are given that help make this worthwhile?
43. What are some of the complexities we should consider?
44. What concepts help organize this data, these experiences?
Questions to connect to previous knowledge from "
15 Questions To Help Students Respond To New Ideas
1. Which parts of this are new to me, and which parts do I recognize?
2. How does this connect with what I already know? What’s the “fit”?
3. What stands out to me?
9. How might others use information like this in the “real world”?
Actions to take before, during, and after the reading process from "
25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area
11. Use Graphic Organizers
12. Evaluate Understanding
13. Question the Text
19. Prioritize Information
Questions we generated:
Travel and connect to real life -- climbing, air, hiking (patient)
We know some physiological changes
Knowing some of the ways that the physiology presents itself
In the context of what you already know and prevention
What's the purpose -- reading the discussion part first to see what is concluded and why
Some technologies that can help us approach complex texts
Annotation on PDF with
Sample Altitude Sickness Article
Expanding a definition
(Click "Try It Out" or, if on iOS, "Get the App")
Cause and effect organizer
Google Doc Template
Compare and contrast organizer
Google Doc Template
Annotation in Google Slides
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"