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Would you dump a load of building supplies on a lot and tell a random person to "build a house"? Hopefully not! For the same reason, it is unwise to deposit an academic novel and some study guide questions on a student’s desk and say, “read it.” Reading Lessons: 12 Ways to Scaffold Texts for Students
For many students, the creation of a piece of writing is a mysterious process. It is a laborious, academic exercise, required by teachers and limited to the classroom. They do not see it as a way of ordering the mind, explaining their thoughts and feelings, or achieving a personal voice. One of the problems for these students is that they have no conscious plan that will enable them to begin the process and then to organize and develop their ideas. Without a strategy, particularly if they are under time constraints, they simply begin to write, and the quality of their compositions is often erratic. SOAPSTone: A Strategy for Reading and Writing
Summerize vs Synthesize This semester I am teaching a course on Becoming an Effective Learner at the University of Calgary. I have asked my students to do a reading synthesis assignment on the different readings we have each week. In today’s post I’m sharing some of the information I gave them about the differences between summarizing and synthesizing information in terms of reading strategies and research. If you teach reading and you’d like to share it with your own students, you can download a handy two-page handout from here. Summarizing and synthesizing are both strategies used in reading and research.