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If you thought this passage was difficult to understand, we imagine some the reasons you listed include: inaccessible vocabulary, unfamiliar and/or complex subject matter, as well as a lack of prior knowledge that would enable you to summarize and make inferences. Yet, even though you felt frustrated, you probably employed strategies to help you negotiate the meaning, and you probably did this automatically. Now, let's think about how students might respond to such a passage and, then, how we respond to them.