Over the past few weeks, I’ve been getting lost in the world of Ed Tech. Today, I’m bringing EdGeeks back to a low-tech/no-tech reading strategy. Today’s strategy is one that can support readers whether they are struggling, on grade level or above grade level. I will call this strategy: “Give it a Subtitle.” By subtitle, I mean write a few words that can remind you what each chunk of text was all about.
How it Works:
Many non-fiction texts are broken down into chunks with subtitles. Subtitles can be comforting because they can guide the reader to specific information. In this strategy, a student reads a paragraph and creates a subtitle that makes sense. Here are 3 simple steps:
When to Use It:
This strategy doesn’t make sense all the time. I suggest using this strategy when a text is long and feels daunting or overwhelming. Chunking the text and giving each chunk a subtitle can help a reader:
What Does it Look Like?
This is a sample text that already has subtitles. The red arrows show each subtitle.
This is a sample text that did not have subtitles. I read through it and used the “Give it a Subtitle” strategy.