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Sino-Canadian International College, Guangxi University, Online English Lesson Plans, Lesson Material and Ideas
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Reading: Review of Lessons
from September 2003
Expressing the Main Idea
The main idea
normally appears at the beginning of a text.
In short articles
the main idea should appear in the first few sentences.
In longer articles
the main idea will be expressed in the first paragraph.
The Reading Process & Study Systems
at the title, headings, pictures and the first paragraph, then read.
at headings, beginning of paragraphs and the last paragraph first.
for important information then think about headings before reading.
yourself questions about the headings to focus before reading.
Read Actively: Write
on the article, mark or highlight words or sentences.
Note Taking: Write
notes about what you have read.
a line under important words or words you dont understand.
again and think about or discuss the main ideas.
your memory from the information you have read.
prompts to remember important information.
Read Actively, Examine, Prompt
Question, Read, Recite, Review
Read, Underline, Note Taking
Reading Rate: Try
to read about 150 words per minute, use the following methods to increase
the speed of reading:
the first two paragraphs in full then the first sentence of the
remaining paragraphs then the last two paragraphs fully.
the article by looking quickly at the text, reading only some words on
groups of three or four words from each line.
involves comparing ideas from different sources of material. Synthesizing is
used to evaluate subjects to analyse different points of view. For example a
news article about SARS might appear in many different newspapers, written
by different journalists. By synthesizing the material you can compare or
contrast the information to make a decision about what you believe to be
facts or what is fiction. You can also use synthesizing to compare the style
of writing or the vocabulary used in different sources of material.