Learn how to teach your students scanning and skimming

To teach scanning:

  • Select some text from a story or your book.
  • Have your students look at the material.
  • Give them 10 seconds to take a look at the pictures, titles, headlines, boldfaced words, etc.
  • After 10 seconds have them flip it over so that they can't see it.
  • Ask them questions about what they read, saw, etc.
  • Ask them, "What do you think it is about?"
  • Try it again and give them 15 seconds to look at the material.
  • Have them flip it over and again ask them questions about what they gathered.
  • Continue

This is mainly used as an introduction to reading. This would probably only last 2-5 minutes at the most before continuing on with the reading.

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