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7 CRITICAL READING STRATEGIES1. Previewing:Learning about a text before really reading it.Previewing enables readers to get a sense of what the text is about and how it isorganized before reading it closely. This simple strategy includes seeing what youcan learn from the headnotes or other introductory material, skimming to get anoverview of the content and organization, and identifying the rhetorical situation.2. Contextualizing:Placing a text in its historical, biographical, and cultural contexts.When you read a text, you read it through the lens of your own experience. Yourunderstanding of the words on the page and their significance is informed bywhat you have come to know and value from living in a particular time and place.But the texts you read were all written in the past, sometimes in a radicallydifferent time and place. To read critically, you need to contextualize, to recognizethe differences between your contemporary values and attitudes and thoserepresented in the text.3. Questioning to understand and remember:Asking questions about the content.As students, you are accustomed (I hope) to teachers asking you questions aboutyour reading. These questions are designed to help you understand a reading andrespond to it more fully, and often this technique works. When you need tounderstand and use new information though it is most beneficial if you write thequestions, as you read the text for the first time. With this strategy, you can writequestions any time, but in difficult academic readings, you will understand thematerial better and remember it longer if you write a question for every paragraphor brief section. Each question should focus on a main idea, not on illustrations or

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