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Strategy #2: Previewing essays and articles

Similar to the strategy for textbooks, previewing essays and articles uses the structural features of the text to examine the purpose and goals. Here are some instructions you can give to your students:

1. Preview the reading by

  • looking at the title of the selection and noting any sub-headings
  • reading any lead-ins--usually italicized
  • skimming the first and last paragraphs
  • looking at any accompanying graphics and captions
  • reading any biographical information about the author
  • noticing the date of the original publication