T.H.I.E.V.E.S. - Reading Technique



·      What is the title? What do I already know about this topic?

·      What does this topic have to do with the preceding chapter?

·      Does the title express a point of view?

·      What do I think I will be reading about?


·      What does this heading tell me I will be reading about?

·      What is the topic of the paragraph beneath it?

·      How can I turn this heading into a question that is likely to be answered in the text?


·      Is there an opening paragraph, perhaps italicized?

·      Does the first paragraph introduce the chapter?

·      What does the introduction tell me I will be reading about?

·      Do I know anything about this topic already?

Every first sentence in a paragraph: What do I think this chapter is going to be about based on the first sentence in each paragraph?

 Visuals and vocabulary

·     Does the chapter include photographs, drawings, maps, charts, or graphs?

·      What can I learn from the visuals in a chapter?

·      How do captions help me better understand the meaning?

·      Is there a list of key vocabulary terms and definitions?

·      Are there important words in boldface type throughout the chapter?

·      Do I know what the boldfaced words mean?

·      Can I tell the meaning of the boldfaced words from the sentences in which they are embedded?

End-of-chapter questions

·      What do the questions ask?

·      What information do they earmark as important?

·      What information do I learn from the questions?

·      Let me keep in mind the end-of-chapter questions so that I may annotate my text where pertinent information is located.

Summary: What do I understand and recall about the topics covered in the summary?


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