This article is part of the teaching tip "Five Keys to Helping Students Read Difficult Texts"
There are no uninteresting things in the world, only uninterested people.
Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.
Doing Snatches is one way to build anticipation. Here are some additional ideas:
WONDER, WONDER, WONDER.
- Ask questions especially “Why? How? What?”
- Realize that this topic is so interesting that people have spent their entire professional lives studying it. Make yourself be curious; make yourself be interested.
- Learn more about the topic. Maybe you don’t know enough to be, curious.
Predict – try to guess. . .
- the answers to your questions,
- from a “Snatch” of text what interesting things you might learn from a “Snatch” of text,
- where the author is headed—try to second-guess the author.
- Find or create an authentic reason/purpose for learning the information: a service, an application, a pressing need, etc. “To pass a test,” while a survival goal, cannot energize your learning.
- Think of yourself as a scholar, a scientist, or an artist and be determined to create new ideas, possibilities and original insights using the text as a springboard.
- Integrate your abilities, prior knowledge, opinions, insights, and experiences with what you are reading. (See pp. 108-113.) Have the goals of using what you gain to transform yourself and to transform others.
Developer of courses: Advanced Reading Strategies for College Success and Surviving College Reading