All too often, we rely on the English department to teach secondary students how to read. These teachers show students how to savor every single word--much like eating a delicate dessert like Chocolate Mousse. Every-single-word.
Problem? In the sciences, you can't read 200 or 300 pages a night to understand what needs to be done. I think science teachers need to teach students to read for content--where they can skip and still understand.
Here is my idea:
· Teach academic literacy reading (reading for content) instead of relaxed, pleasure “English Literature” reading.
o Read headings: ask “Do I understand?” If yes, write summary in notebook.
§ If NO, read next paragraph for example. Ask, “Do I Understand?”
§ If YES, write summary in notebook (with brief of experiment orexample).
§ LOOK for bold, underlined or italicized words. Ask, do I understand? If Yes, move on, if NO, write definition in notebook.
o Go on to next heading and repeat.