When a process chart is included in their reading, encourage students to follow these four steps for better reading comprehension:

Step One: Previewing and Comprehension

  • What is the title/caption?
  • What data is included in the process?

Step Two: Structural Analysis

  • How is the information organized?
  • How should the information be tracked and read?

Step Three: Content Analysis

  • Summarize the information conveyed.
  • How does the process chart relate to the reading?

Step Four: Critical Analysis

  • Who created the process chart, for what purpose, and for what audience? Could the process chart be biased?
  • Does the information appear complete and current?
  • How can you use the information in the process chart? How does it relate to what you have read?