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:
- Read a chunk (often a paragraph) of text.
- Stop and think: What is this chunk mostly about?
- Create and write a subtitle for the chunk.
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:
- Feel more confident in attacking a long text
- Remember the begininning and middle parts of a long text
- Organize the text so that it is easier to refer back to the text to find information
- By boosting comprehension of a long and challenging text
- Answer the question: “What is this text mostly about?”
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.