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Nonfiction Strategy "Thieves"

THIEVES - A way to strategically (step-by-step) preview nonfiction text.

 

T=Title

What does the title make me think the text will be about?

What might be the central message the author is trying to communicate?

What do I already know about this subject?

 

H=Headings

How has the author divided the content of this text into smaller topics?

What are these smaller topics?

Based on these topics, what do I think I will read about in each section?

How does that relate to the larger ideas in the text?

 

I=Introduction

What does the introduction do to make me curious about the subject?

 

E=Every First Sentence in Each Section

What additional details can I gather about the content of the text?

 

V=Visuals and Vocabulary

What do the accompanying features like figures, captions, and boxed information tell me about the content of this text? 

Are there words in boldface type or italics that I need to pay attention to as I preview the text? What do they mean?

 

E=End-of-Article or End-of Chapter Questions (Conclusion)

How does the author wrap-up the writing?

What questions will I be asked to answer?

 

S=Summarize Thinking

If I think about all the information I have gathered, what do I predict I will be reading about?

What do I think the author’s central ideas will be in this text?