Strategies for Critical Thinking and Synthesizing
- A+ Research and Writing - (Internet Public Library for Teens) A step-by-step "process" guide for successful student research. Preparing to Write | Writing the Paper
- Academic Note-Taking Sheet (pdf)
- Adolescent Literacy Instruction: Reading Strategies (North Central Regional Educational Laboratory) Links to a wealth of reading strategies.
- Applying Critical Thinking to Reading (Alamo Community College) Strategies for critical reading.
- Bibliography about Critical Thinking (ALPS -The Thinking Classroom, Harvard Project Classroom) Research-based articles to help inform the practice of teaching critical and creative thinking.
- Big6 Stage 5 Synthesis of Information from the Big6 blog
- Checklists for Strategic Reading (Scholastic) Before Reading Checklist | During Reading Checklist | After Reading Checklist and more graphic organizers to support reading comprehension.
- Concept mapping ...examples using Inspiration to reorder and reclassify information for better understanding. What is a dog? Who is Eric Clapton?
- Effective Reading Strategies (University of Otago) Structure of Texts, ways of reading texts, critical reading, evaluating texts, and much more.
- Evaluating, Organizing, and Synthesizing Information Online Advancement of Student Information Skills from the San Francisco State University
- Flash Card Factory (Scholastic) Teachers or students can use this tool to make and print flash cards to learn, review, and study concepts, record important information, etc.
- How the Language Really Works: The Fundamentals of Critical Reading and Effective Writing Learn to recognize what a text says, what a text does, and what a text means by analyzing choices of content, language, and structure.
- Key Concepts Synthesis
- On the Right Track Organizing your work
- PowerHouse Reading Strategies...Provides graphics organizers to practice the following reading strategies: Connect the know to the new | Distinguishing Importance | Asking Questions | Drawing Inferences | Retelling or Synthesizing.
- Putting It All Together ... part of a guide from the niversity of New England
- Questions that challenge the student to synthesize information
- Reading Strategies Scaffolding Students’ Interactions with Texts ...(Central School District, NY) Key concept synthesis, parallel note-taking, inferential reading, and much more
- Reading Strategy of the Month (Florida Online Reading Professional Development) Links to great articles about how to teach various reading strategies.
- Reading Strategies (ppt) (González 6th gr teacher's website) Lesson on strategies for secondary school students in reading in any content such as science or social studies as well as novels and literature.
- Reading Strategies That Assist Content Area Reading ...Expository text, reading between the lines, synthesis journal, and much more.
- Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom (Dr. Judith Irvin) Practice activities to help struggling readers with comprehension.
- Reading As A Strategic Activity offers an "up close" look at a range of innovative and effective reading strategies, along with actual classroom examples and associated lesson plans. Strategies are grouped under the following categories: Discussion strategies, active reading strategies, vocabulary strategies, organizational strategies.
- Reading and Mapping Strategies (Gallaudet University) SQ4R, question stems, sample concept maps, and much more.
- Reading Strategies - A host of reading strategies for use in the classroom.
Strategies for Critical Thinking and Synthesizing (con't)
- Reading Skills (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill ) Weekly tips, how to, and student resource handouts to teach the following: Active Reading in the Classroom; Analytic Reading; Graphic Organizers; Three-step Approach to Reading; Reading Success with Expository Texts
- Review, Write, Rate and Revise - elementary research process tutorial from the Oregon State Library System
- Review Your Notes ... elemetary research process tutorial from the Oregon State Library System
- Revise! - secondary research process tutorial from the Oregon State Library System
- Secondary Literacy: Classroom Literacy Strategies/Resources (Ministry of Education, Wellington, New Zealand ) Great bibliography of web resources to teach literacy.
- Synthesizing Information: Step-by-Step Instructions for Learners ( Arizona State University West ) ...a very practical guide using Post-It notes and a clustering process. See benefits of this model.
- 7 Critical Reading Strategies Previewing, contextualizing, questioning to understand and remember, reflecting, and others.
- The Reading Lady.com - Mosaic Reading Tools - This source includes a WEALTH of resource for all kinds of ideas and strategies to increase student reading comprehension competencies. Resources include lesson plans, assessments, worksheets, and even PowerPoint presentation.
- SQ3R(Learning Object -© 2005 Wisc-Online) This activity explains the SQ3R technique which learners can apply immediately in their reading of text assignments. It explains independent and cooperative learning strategies to support retention of the material.
- Strategies for Effective Use of Science Reading Materials ( Salt Lake City School District) Includes before, during, and after strategies for K-6, 7-8, and 9-12.
- Summary Writing (Learning Object -© 2005 Wisc-Online) Students demonstrate an understanding of summary writing by reading step-by-step instructions and then summarizing short paragraphs. Examples of summaries that are poorly written, as well as those that are written well, are included.
- Technology Integration Resources for [Reading Comprehension] Strategies That Work (Harvey and Goudvis) Outstanding resource that provides web and print resources to teach the following reading strategies to primary, intermediate, and upper level students: Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing; Inferring, Determining Importance, Synthesizing. Includes links to examples, handouts, articles, and lessons.
- Time to Create! ... elementary research process tutorial from the Oregon State Library Information System
- Twenty Best-Practices to Teach Reading Strategies (Journey North) Activate Prior Knowledge | Adjust Reading Rate/Rereading | Ask Questions: Before, During, and After Reading | Classify or Categorize Information | Compare and Contrast Ideas | Distinguish Facts from Opinions | Identify and Analyze Text Structure | Identify Author’s Purpose: Why Did the Author Write the Selection? | Identify Author’s Viewpoint: What Does the Author Think? | Identify Main Ideas and Supporting Details | Make Inferences and Draw Conclusions | Make Generalizations | Make and Refine Predictions | Paraphrase/Retell | Recognize Cause and Effect Relationships | Sequence Events | Summarize Information | Synthesize New Information
- Introduction to Syntheses Michigan State University
- Write What You've Learned - elementary research process tutoiral from the Oregon State Library System
- Writer's Toolbox For Building Arguments (Allyn & Bacon) A great source that prompts students to think critically about what they read. Checklists are provided to assist with preparing arguments in preparation for writing. Some are Analyzing Sources of Disagreement | Determining the Core of an Argument | Determining Claim Types.
- Writing a Topic Outline (Learning Object -© 2001 Wisc-Online) Students will read a mini-lesson and apply information from the mini-lesson to an activity using the outline template provided. As a result, the learner will develop and submit a word-processed outline for a speech.
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