6 Summary

We live in an age where we have access to information all around us, in print and online. Reading is the main way to take advantage of this information. The ability to read and understand this information is a key skill that can contribute to success in school and in life more generally. In this unit you have explored a number of techniques that you can introduce into your lessons to help your students develop active strategies for reading for information. These include using an anticipation guide, identifying the key points of a text and assessing their relative importance. By regularly practising techniques such as these in the classroom, your students will develop the ability to understand and use the information they read – this is key to their success at school.

5 The importance of ideas in an information text