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Question the Author

Author's Bias: Interpretation: conservative

Great readers can identify and determine what is important to the author. One strategy that can improve your observation skill is asking the author questions. This can help you focus on the elements of a story or passage.

Asking questions help you focus your observations!

Who was involved?

What was the problem, objective, or key events?

Where and when did the event occur?

Why did this happen? What is the reason this matters?

Sometimes breaking up and rearranging the text allows you to see patterns and enhance your ability to see the detail.

Instead of trying to understand the Text, try to make the Text more understandable!


Skill Builder examples:

Salvation at the deathbed...who?...what?...when?...where?...why?

The battle within...



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