Preview Reading

Scanning a text before getting started is a reading strategy that your pupils can use to get a general idea about a text before diving in. Give some direction to their scanning with a worksheet that includes items to check for and space to write predictions. First, assign the purpose, choosing one of the options or writing in your own on the line provided. Next, allow some time for learners to look at the patterns and organization, skim the first paragraph, predict a topic, and find words that confirm their predictions.

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Pros

  • A solid prereading strategy that will help your pupils prepare for a complex reading task; they will already know something about the text before reading it carefully
Cons

  • At first, the worksheet does look a little confusing, so be sure to point out that the small dashes are for checking off items