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4: Reading to Understand

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    19527
  • Learning Objectives

    After successfully completing this module, you should be able to:

    • Apply reading strategies when reading difficult material.
    • Identify how to avoid plagiarism and how to cite sources.
    • Create a summary of a text.

    The foundation of all reading experiences is comprehension. Even when we’re reading for pleasure and entertainment, we must first be able to comprehend the writer’s meaning before we can enjoy or appreciate his or her story or style. Proficient readers understand that all texts don’t give up their meaning easily and vary their reading speed and strategies according to the demands of each individual text. Proficient readers monitor their comprehension and apply fix-up strategies to repair meaning when it breaks down. Summarizing a text is one of the most effective strategies for monitoring comprehension: when you can accurately summarize what a text is saying, you can be assured that you have understood its meaning.

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    Contributors

    • Introduction to Reading to Understand. Authored by: Elisabeth Ellington and Ronda Dorsey Neugebauer. Provided by: Chadron State College. Project: Kaleidoscope Open Course Initiative. License: CC BY: Attribution
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