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The purpose of this article is to explain each of the three phases of reading textbooks and to provide strategies for aiding students to better understand and connect to their textbooks in each of these phases. Each of the three phases is named for its writing counterpart: planning, drafting, and evaluating. This article also states that three types of awareness are necessary for students to do well: task awareness, strategy awareness, and performance awareness. This presentation utilizes strategies taken from the author's textbook, Making Connections: Reading and Understanding College Textbooks, which teaches students not only to read for facts and to pass a test but also to apply the facts to their own lives. The first phase in the reading process is the planning phase, which involves previewing and predicting, accessing prior knowledge, and creating a purpose. Phase two of the reading process is the drafting stage, where active reading, requiring metacognition, is the key to success. Finally, the third phase of the reading process is the responding or evaluating phase, in which students need to react and relate to what they have read, and thus are aware of what they know and what they still need to know. (VWC)

Descriptors: Higher Education, Reader Text Relationship, Reading, Reading Comprehension, Reading Habits, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Processes, Reading Skills, Reading Strategies, Study Habits

Autor: Allen, Sheila


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