ECET - Strategies Florida - Dawn Norris
“Selective Highlighting: Reading with a Purpose”
So remember, our objective is, we're highlighting text, we're selectively highlighting, we should be able to use that to justify our answers in our paragraph.
Selective highlighting is a tool that not only reading teachers use, but any content area teacher can use it. It sets a common purpose for every student's reading, so that whenever they're reading they're not told to just highlight whatever's important, they actually have a purpose for what they're going to read for that particular moment.
So as we're reading today, I want you to be looking at questions one through three that's in that research packet. Questions being, what is child labor? So we'll highlight anything that has to do with child labor and what it is.
So the questions related back to their end task. And so they knew that when they were reading they weren't just gonna highlight anything. Instead they were gonna look specifically for something that's gonna answer those questions.
Are there any facts, and details that we might want to highlight? Eric?
They will never go to school, never be allowed to be a child.
They will never go to school, never be allowed to be a child. Absolutely.
I think about, what is the end result that I want from them. Is there going to be a conversation afterwards that they're gonna need, um, specific evidence? Or is there gonna be something later on that they're gonna be writing about that they need that type of specific evidence?
Oh, that's good. I like your connection there. Your evidence there. It's nice.
The goal of selectively highlighting is for students to learn there's a purpose to reading, and it makes them be more critical readers. And they're looking for those factual pieces of information that relates back to their end task.