Marking a Text

Marking a Text is an analytical reading strategy that helps students identify and isolate essential information in a text like key terms and claims. Marking a Text requires students to read carefully as they evaluate the importance of ideas in a text. When students read with purpose, their comprehension and retention of essential ideas increases.

Where is this in the Reading Process: Step 4

Explicitly Teach: Explain. Connect. Model. Practice.

Cycle of Independence: I do. We do. They do. You do.

Origin: San Diego State University Lower Division Writing Program, "Issues in Teaching Composition"

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Marking a Text Step-By-Step Process

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Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; and cite specific evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
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