Creating a reading “map” is a process for ensuring active reading and retention of information from assigned materials. It requires explicitly recognizing how a piece of writing is organized and being able to communicate its central claims in your own words. It represents the reading process in which you are participating and also allows you to quickly review the meanings of a particular essay in order to be able to more meaningfully and precisely contribute to class discussions. They also serve as a model for testing your comprehension of diverse texts, because you have to be able to reflect what you have learned.
The sections for a Reading Map include:
- Thesis/Central Point of the writing;
- Development of the analysis (in which you summarize the major points in the order they are laid out in the article); and
- Major topics and concepts identified by location in the writing (page number or section).
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