How To Read A Book: 3 Strategies For Critical Reading

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graphic-notes-2How To Read A Book: 3 Strategies For Critical Reading

by Terry Heick

If you’re not familiar with Adler and Van Doren’s How To Read A Book, it is worth, well, reading.

As you might’ve guessed, these have less to do with decoding, and more to do with comprehension. Actually, more to do with the perspective you approach your reading with. It and How To Read And Why by Harold Bloom are two exceptional starting points for (as well as Wendell Berry’s short essay In Defense Of Literacy) for coming to terms with the idea of critical reading–both the why and the how.

Which is where the following sketch note from livinganawesomelife.com comes in. We first shared this graphic on a post that showed examples of sketch notes (a note-taking form near and dear to my heart), but this one seemed worthy of its own post.

3 Strategies For Critical Reading

For most of us, reading strategies aren’t new, nor is reading through a critical lens. But offering specific, strategic mindsets students (and teachers) can use to approach and consume new texts with might be.

Inspectional Reading: Reading with a focus on grasping the book as a “whole thing”–a kind of “intellectual skimming” even if you do, in fact, read it all

Analytical Reading: Reading with a focus on close examination and analysis of the text in and of itself

Syntopical Reading: Reading with a focus on the relationships between texts

If you’ve read the book, you’ll notice that this is an oversimplification of the text, but for the purpose of this quick post, you get the idea. Hopefully, you’ll read the book. ; ^ )

Oh–if you want to use these with anything other than expert readers, give them new names. Spin them.

Quick Reading, Close Reading, and Cross Reading.

Whole Reading, Parts Reading, and Social Reading.

Academic vocabulary is a huge barrier for students. Reduce it all costs!

Image attribution livinganawesomelife.com; How To Read A Book: 3 Strategies For Critical Reading

 

  • Max Weismann

    Hello,

    We are a not-for-profit educational organization founded by
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    Max Weismann, Co-founder with Dr. Adler