ACTIVE READING STRATEGIES

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Recommended for Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Level 3
ACTIVE READING STRATEGIES
SUGGESTION FOR NOTATING THE NOVEL: Take notes as you read Fahrenheit 451.
Record your ideas on paper or use sticky notes within the pages of the book. A good practice is
labeling your responses with the strategy used (e.g.  Symbol). You are NOT REQUIRED to
take notes as you read, but it is recommended. Remember, active reading means that the reader
interacts directly with the text to discover its meaning, the author’s intentions, and the author’s
methods of presentation.
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Visualize
Create images in your mind while you read, as if you were
watching a movie in your head. Certain spots in the text will
require you to create these images very carefully. If your “movie”
stops, this is a good indication that your understanding is breaking
down.
Question
Ask questions about what you are reading. The
answers to these questions might be found by looking elsewhere in
the text, by consulting another resource, by making a prediction,
inference or connection. Some questions will never be answered.
Determine
What’s Important
Decide what parts of the text are essential to your
understanding of the piece. Once you have set a purpose for your
reading, it’s easier to do this. Pay close attention to understanding
parts of the text that you determine are important and spend less
time trying to understand parts that may not be as essential.
Make Connections
Use what you already know and what you have already
experienced to help you connect with what you are reading. You
may make connections between the text and the real world, the text
and your own experiences, or between the text you’re reading now
and text you have read earlier (or movies, tv shows).
Summarize
& Synthesize
Summarize (retell in your own words) the content
of what you are reading periodically as you go through the text.
Synthesizing is a little more complex than summarizing. To
synthesize, readers do more than just retell what’s happening, they
add in their deeper understandings, realizations, interpretations,
and conclusions about what they are reading.
Recommended for Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Level 3
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Make Predictions
Make an educated guess about what is going to
happen later in the text. Predictions are made by piecing together
clues in the text and/or a reader’s prior understanding of the way
things tend to happen.
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Make Inferences
Figure out what the author is trying to imply (suggest) by piecing
together the details and clues you are given. If the text says that
Mary took her ball and glove outside, the reader might infer that
Mary is going to play baseball.
Significant
Quotations
The author seems to be saying something important or profound.
Write the first few words of the quotation and why you think it is
important. Think about how it may affect the rest of the book.
Symbols
An object or action seems to be appearing multiple times as you
read, suggesting it is being used as a symbol. What do you think it
represents? What is the author using it to say? What message is
the author sending?
Motifs/Themes
Note when an idea appears again and again, suggesting it is a
theme or motif. What is the author saying about this idea? What
are your thoughts about this idea? How do the actions and events
in the book indicate what message the author is trying to send you?
Author’s Craft
Mark any imagery, word choice, writing style, or techniques that
the author uses that are particularly striking and jump out at you.
How does the author achieve this effect?
Revising Meaning
Think about how you felt about a subject before you started
reading the text. How have your thoughts on that subject changed?
What is happening in the text that is causing your ideas and
opinions to change?
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Y/N Reactions
& Reflections
Indicate areas of the text that you agree or disagree with. Write
how what you are reading makes you feel or what certain passages
make you think about.
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