Convey the central idea.
Offer the overall concept.
Note any key words.
Explore examples and non-examples.
Practice with new examples.
Tie down the definition.
This sequence of steps provides a process for organizing and interpreting the content of a reading selection.
Steps to a Concept Diagram:
- Select a reading text for discussion.
- Have students identify the overall theme of the document and the major subthemes or concepts that together make up the document.
- Ask students to write down all key words in the selection and then group these terms in logical categories.
- Encourage students to suggest examples and non-examples of the key terms and concepts identified.
- Have the students produce a final, formal definition of key words and concepts by combining the things they learned when categorizing the words and providing examples.
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2. Lenski, Susan D., Wham, Mary Ann, & Johns, Jerry L. (1999). Reading and learning strategies for middle and high school students. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.