Active Reading Practice

  1. List what you already know about active reading.
  1. Read the paragraph below:

Successful students, and successful readers, approach reading with a strategy to help them get the most out of the reading. These students actively look for the main idea, the themes, for words they don’t understand, and the purpose (why the piece was written) of what they are reading. The opposite of active reading is passive reading. Passive readers only read because they are told to, skip over things they don’t understand, and have difficulty explaining what they have read. In this course, we are going to be practicing active reading. You will find that active reading is more enjoyable, lets you understand more of what you’ve read, and will lead to better test scores.

  1. Return to the paragraph. Annotate four things the successful student looks for when she or he is reading.
  1. Return to the paragraph. Use a different method to mark what a passive reader does.
  1. Create a Venn diagram to show the differences between active and passive reading.


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