FOUR READING RATES
Texts are written
with varying degrees of difficulty and ease that affect comprehension
ability. To maximize your comprehension of a text, adjust your reading
style, technique, and rate to accommodate the type of text you are reading.
The following chart can be used as a guide to determine which reading
rate is most suitable for the different types of texts listed.
dictionary, and any material which will yield a specific answer
||to skim for
the main idea or to find out what happened next
material, newspaper, magazine, fiction, research.
||to read rapidly
for certain details or main ideas.
on which main ideas and supporting facts are to be picked up newspapers,
magazines, stories, easy texts, etc.
||to read with
maximum understanding: Survey Raise Questions Read Recite Review
technical articles, any material which you read in detail or organize,
present to others, or for which you are held responsible
||to follow directions,
for example, how to make a cake or perform a chemistry experiment;
to reflect on content; to evaluate; to enjoy; to read aloud to share
an aesthetic experience.
any work which contains great thoughts; some reports of current
events; editorial pages of newspapers; poetry, drama, etc.; descriptive
materials; anything read orally
Making Better Readers. C. D. Heath & Co.
College Reading Skills Program. Revised 11/99.
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