HUSL--Help oUr Students Learn

A place for teachers to place strategies that help our students become effective learners. * Does being an effective student mean being an effective READER? * Setting Purpose * Signals of confusion in reading

Friday, October 07, 2005

Setting purpose--
This is an easy way to help students understand the purpose of their reading, their homework, and why we are asking them to do what we do. Once I have started communicating the purpose of assignments to my students, it first focused my purpose for the assignment and made me outline and focus what I wanted the students to learn and get out of a text, an assignment, etc.

According to Cris Tovani in I Read It, but I Don’t Get It, “A reader’s purpose affects everything about reading. PURPOSE determines what’s important in the text, what is remembered, and what comprehension strategy a reader uses to enhance meaning.”

When teaching PURPOSE, have the students ASK:
~ How does this prepare me for a discussion of main ideas?
~ Am I looking for details to support a specific position?
~ Am I identifying steps in a process?
~ Am I recognizing the causes and effects of a particular event?

For post-reading, students should self-evaluate how reading with a specific purpose in mind improved their comprehension and enabled them to stay focused.


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At 12:04 PM, Blogger JanW said...

Purpose can also be set for instructional sessions. If a student knows why new information is being presented and has an immediate use for it, there is a greater chance that the information will be significant and retained. Teaching concepts, information, etc., in isolation is an exercise in futility


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