Strategies for Teaching Critical Reading

1.  Preview the assigned reading

2.  Do not repeat the reading in a lecture

        Do not make listening to your lecture become the student's reading strategy.

It is tempting when students do not or can not read the textbook chapters to make sure the course content is "covered" by telling the students what they should have learned by reading the textbook.  Among the reasons for not lecturing on assigned reading are

3.  Have students write something in response to the text

Demonstrate how to do it; provide a model.

Write your daily instructions in the daily course syllabus. Some examples are 

4.  Design a focused, informal writing-to-learn task based on the reading

       For example:         For some suggestions for designing informal writing tasks that promote thinking, see the workshop on designing writing assignments that promote thinking, especially sections 7 and 8.

5.  Monitor compliance

       Develop ways to ensure that students do their homework without burdening yourself with daily feedback or recordkeeping.

    See A Strategy for Getting Students to Arrive in Class Prepared to Think

By William Peirce c. 2006
Send e-mail to wpeirce@verizon.net

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