BK Writing Lab

Active Reading
Jennifer Whitford, M.A.T. & Paul DiGeorgio, Ph.D.


Thinking while Reading


The P-L-A-S-T-I-C Method of Active Reading

Readers who want to comprehend a text engage the text by actively thinking while they are reading. Here is a specific method that you can use while you read to help you comprehend. 

Predict the Point – continually predict where the author is going and adjust your expectations with new information

Look up Words – take time to look up the meaning of new words in order to help you understand the text

Ask Questions – ask questions along the way when the meaning gets confusing or when problems arise

Summarize – mentally condense the information into a summary statement after you finish reading

Text-to-self, text-to-text, text-to-world – make connections, thinking "where have I seen this before?"

Images – create images in your head of what the author’s words are saying

Clarify – after you finish reading, take time to go back and make meaning of something that was misunderstood at first


If you have any questions, send us an email at bkwritinglab@bishopkennyhs.org!


Image Credit: Reading by Supalerk Laipawat from the Noun Project

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