Unit 3 Overview–College Level Critical Thinking and Reading; Unit Terms
Topics, Objectives, Materials, Terms, To-Do List
This unit covers the following focus points:
- The Reading Apprenticeship approach
- How to read textbooks and get to know the elements and resources they offer
- How to read graphics
- Comprehension by identifying writing patterns and context clues
- Close reading for literature
- Tips for reading math and science materials
After you have completed this unit you should be able to:
- Understand how to use Reading Apprenticeship annotation strategies
- Understand how to get the most out of your textbooks by learning how to skim, and how to find out all of the resources your textbooks offer
- How to read closely for literature classes and other classes where literature is included with the readings
- How to get the most out of your math and science materials and help with studying for tests in these subjects
NOTE: AFTER THIS UNIT THE TAKE-HOME MID-TERM PORTFOLIO PROJECT IS DUE.
- e-book, “How to Learn Like a pro!” (instructor may require some materials to be downloaded)
Terms (These terms also appear in the Glossary of Terms)
NOTE: the definitions are adapted and/or abbreviated from the original.
Close reading: The process of determining meaning in a text by examining all of the elements, e.g., author, title, plot (if fiction), characters, setting, symbols, and rhetorical devices.
Cognitive: the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.
Fiction: Writing that is not factual; imaginative writing.
Legend: A key to the symbols and color codes on a map, chart, etc.
Metacognition: How we think about how we think.
Non-fiction: Factual writing (reports, journalism, etc.); not “made up”.
Inference: Information not specifically stated in the text; what can be read “between the lines”: what is suggested or implied based on the evidence in the text.
Idioms: Expression (metaphors) that compare one thing to another, e.g., “hungry as a bear.”
Metaphor: A comparison without using the terms, “like” or “as,” e.g., “Her smile is the sunshine.”
Reading Comprehension: The level of understanding of a text.
Simile: A comparison using the terms “like,” “as,”so,” or “than,” e.g., “Her smile is like the sunshine.”
- Complete the exercises, as assigned, in each lesson.
- In face-to-face classes, your instructor may include optional additional activities.