Reading & Writing

Increase your Nonfiction Comprehension The Reciprocal Relationship Between Reading & Writing
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Yay, we've reached my favorite part of this class. I am so excited to share with you all that I know about reading and writing and the reciprocal relationship that exists between the two of them when I'm about to give you our set of tools to help you do them both together. And I want you to recognize this as as an vitally important skill, because, well, you can't enter into any profession. Well, whether it's a mathematician, doctors, scientists, librarian doesn't matter what it is. If you don't have the ability to read and write, well, you're not going to you just won't be able to do those professions or anything really. So what I want to give you is a set of tools that you can pull out and use at for any text at any point.

One may work well for another that may not work so well for A different text. So this is why I want to give you many, so that you can try one. And if it doesn't work, then you can try another one in. Or you can just pick your favorite and stick with it. We are going to start with my favorite sketchnoting. This also makes me laugh a lot, because I was creating this picture of sketchnoting to show what sketchnoting is.

And as I'm drawing it out, my six year old asked me what I was doing. And my three year old answered the question for me by saying, drawing a sneaky eye. So I cannot look at this without thinking of that. I hope it makes you laugh like it did me. What sketch note does is create a visual representation of what you're reading. So all of the ideas, the main idea, the main ideas, the supporting details, everything that you're reading this is a way to write it down in visual form.

And the reason I like this so much is because it involves all the aspects of your brain, both sides, the different parts, because what you're doing is creating what you're reading and you're making a visual for it. It's called a mind map. And studies have proven that it actually helps you remember well, and this engaging the whole mind is called Visual Thinking. What I love about this is that there is no right or wrong way to approach sketchnoting. It doesn't even have to be pretty. Hence my picture is just a way for you to take what is going on in your brain and to draw pictures that is associated with what you're reading, and then write it in this way.

It This is especially helpful for people who are artistic, but even if you're not, don't hesitate to try because So this, for me has been the most successful approach for taking good notes. Another one that's really successful for me is a marking system. I prefer using highlighters or colored pins or colored pencils. But I've also used a marking system for my students where I give them different colored sticky notes and I have them marked the excellent with an exclamation point anything new that they've learned, star for important. You can go through that and see how we've used it. But I from my Bible reading for example.

I want to keep it God centered. So I don't want to start thinking from this human man center bubble. So what I've done is created a marking system to help me know who God is and who he created me to be. So I have colors that represent God's sovereignty, his, his attributes, His grace, His mercy, his, his faithfulness, so that I am able to see him more and less. That marking system is useful for any type of reading, trust me, it helps so much to see and use different colors. So that you know, as you're reading or going back and reviewing, this color represents this or this symbol represents this.

Reviewing is important and I think marking helps me do that. Well. This is one that I really like because it can be a concept that you use online. I've used cago blue that's how you say it. If it was not cockle be phonetically incorrect kugel. Anyway, I really should have looked that up before starting this class, but I, what this is is a mind map.

And you can go online to these places and create this main idea and supporting details that go along with it. And you have this visual representation of what you're reading and this unique format. Plus you can save it online, which is another thing that I really appreciate. It's not another piece of paper floating around my office. This is my favorite one. In regards to difficult step by step, there's a lot of details involved, kind of nonfiction writing, it's called Cornell note taking.

And what I do, as I'm using this is, I thumb through the text and I note to any titles or headings. Remember those are your going to be your main ideas and I put them in the left hand column The green column. And any questions I have I write them down. And then while I'm reading, I go back and I draw a little arrows to my notes section on the right hand column. And I start answering those questions, I start adding supporting details to those main ideas. I define words and keywords that came up during the reading.

And while I disagree with their, because they say that in Cornell notes, the main idea to keywords, the question section should only occur after your reading, I think it's one I've used anyway, before, during and after reading, but it's entirely up to you these this is your notes, no one's going to judge you based on how you're taking notes, trust me, but what I want it to be as a tool that you can use successfully, and that's how I use it, use it successfully. And then when I'm all done with that section, I'm all done. With my reading, I go back and I write a summary. This is vitally important because you need to recall the information that you just read. If you can't do that, then you didn't understand it. So use this for any of that difficult text.

And that's the one I'm going to I'm actually going to be using this one, when I model it in my next class section on how I've approached difficult texts, so that you can see all of the things that I've taught you in action. This one I especially love for historical reading, because I am a person who tends to forget names and dates, and how they correlate with each other. So this is one that I've often used even in historical fiction reading to help me break apart the pieces and and how they're all related. That I especially like it for the column of Why. So you have these things that happen in history? Do you know their motives, because that will help you understand the big picture.

This is one of my favorites. And this is also one that I've provided a graphic organizer in your project section. Now that we've gone through all of them, I simply want you to pick one, I want you to think about what you're reading, and which one you would enjoy the most. And then I want you to go and I want you to read or if you've recorded you reading it, then listen to it. And I want you to use one of these note taking strategies to write as you read or listen. And then I want you to review your notes.

This is an important step that I don't want you to forget. It doesn't take very long 30 seconds, go back and review what you've written. And maybe read your summary out loud or talk about it out loud. But that leads me to the next section that I also don't want you to skip. And that is discussing. If you take what you've read and what you've written down, and you talk about it with someone, whether it's on an online forum or friend or your spouse or your My poor children have had to listen to me a few times, talk about listen to what mommy learned.

I don't care who you discuss it with, but find someone willing, that you can go up to and say I just learned something new. And I really want the opportunity to talk about it because talking about it creates it in your mind. So don't skip this step. In fact, I have this pin on my Pinterest board about how even reading and writing are their lower percentage of creating something in your mind then discussing it discussing it is actually they Say, the most important piece to learning. I would say they're all pretty equal. But I've learned that when I discuss everything that I've just learned and done, then I am able to remember better

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