Dense, complex text is often challenging for students... they get lost in its fog and may lack skills or need practice to find a way towards clarity and comprehension. This Essential Guide presents 3 straightforward steps to clarity & comprehension when reading dense texts. Ultra-modern & visually stimulating, the powerful lecture describes the 3 steps with clear explanations & provides the logic behind each step. A 1-page handout outlining the steps is also included for students to use as reference.
What makes this guide ‘essential’? Three fundamental challenges posed by dense text and 3 corresponding steps to clarity are addressed:
• the challenge of long sentences... is addressed with the sentence clustering step
• the challenge of grammatically complex sentences... is addressed with the sentence carving step
• the challenge of negatively-expressed ideas... is addressed with the polarity switching step
PLUS: the lecture is packed with interactive examples, giving students essential opportunities to explore & practice new skills. A reference handout is also included. Please see preview file for additional details about each step.
This resource has 2 parts:
• De-Fogging Dense Text Lecture:
the interactive 24-page lecture begins with an introduction, then explains each of the 3 steps in detail, outlines how to apply the step, provides interactive examples for each step, and also describes the logic behind each step. Examples are drawn from Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”.
• De-Fogging Dense Text Handout:
a 1-page reference handout, outlining each of the 3 steps to clarity, for students to use as they delve into dense texts.
Plus a page of teaching notes with lots of helpful suggestions.
I initially wrote these steps to address the challenges in reading Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”... but they can be used with ANY text type: literature, drama, non-fiction. The steps are good practice when reading any kind of dense material.
Presentation Lecture: a 24-page clickable pdf file
Reference Handout: a 1-page pdf file
Teaching Notes: a 1-page pdf file
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