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While poetry may not be found in every discipline, this sample is useful for understanding when and how students should read for analysis, interpretation, and application. This is the level at which we usually expect our students to read for any text. However, weak readers need help getting to this level. This is especially true in an introductory-level course when students have little understanding of the purpose for a reading, have little prior knowledge of the subject onto which they can attach new information, and/or when they are unfamiliar with specific reading strategies to better understand a text.

We want students to question why the information was given; we want students to make connections from the reading to the context of the class; we want students to consider stated ideas and inferences. In other words, we want students to engage in critical thinking as they read.