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  1. Active Reading The best readers read with their eyes, their hearts, and a writing utensil

  2. Quotes • “Shall I tell you what it is to know. To say you know when you know, and to say you do not when you do not, that is knowledge.” • -----Confucius • “I know I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.” • -----Socrates

  3. Socratic Method/Discussion • Socratic Method---doubt that leads to searching for answers • Method in Action---asking prepared questions that lead to follow –up questions • Purpose of Method---comprehension of text under discussion • Problem Process Product

  4. Active Reading • Paying close attention to what is read • Read Interpretively • What author says • Way author says it • Why author says it • Process • 1st reading---note responses to reading and start asking questions • 2nd reading---note new responses

  5. Active Reading (cont.) • Knowing what you want to know • Noting key words • Making connections between key parts of the reading • Comments describing personal thought or emotional reactions • Reminders

  6. Formulating Questions(Socratic Method) • Whatever the reader thinks important • Whatever reader does not understand • Vocabulary • Character Motivations • Story Beginning/Ending (Summary) • Important quotes/statements • Different scenes • Author intention/tone/style

  7. Formulating Questions (cont.) 3. Whatever the reader likes or dislikes, agrees or disagrees with 4. Whatever the reader thinks is related---one part of the text to another • Repetitious words or phrases • Reoccurrence of similar actions • Contrasting words or actions • Organization or place of something in the text (headings, bold words, italics, etc.)

  8. 3 Types of Questions • Fact (neutral): What does the author say? Found in the text. • Interpretation (assumption): Is what the author says true? Based on prior knowledge. Lit. application • Evaluation (hypothesis): What does the author mean? Lit. analysis.

  9. “The process of reading is not a half-sleep, but in the highest sense an exercise, a gymnastic struggle that the reader is to do for himself.”---Walt Whitman