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Scanning and Skimming

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They are also useful when you don't need to know every word. These reading methods make it easier for you to grasp large amounts of material. • Skimming and scanning are very rapid reading methods in which you glance at a passage to find specific information.Skimming and scanning are especially valuable when there is only one item of information that you need to find from a particular passage. especially when you're previewing. .

2. 4. or graphs. 3. . Read the summary or last paragraph. Notice any pictures. charts.Skimming refers to the process of reading only main ideas within a passage to get an overall impression of the content of a reading selection. * Notice any italicized or boldface words or phrases. How to skim: 1. Read the title. Read the introduction or the first paragraph. An example of this is when we read the title of a newspaper to know what happens everyday. Read the first sentence of every other paragraph. 5.

State the specific information you are looking for. Use headings and any other aids that will help you identify which sections might contain the information you are looking for. 2.Scanning is a reading technique to be used when you want to find specific information quickly. How to scan: 1. . if you were looking for a certain date. For example. 4. you would quickly read the paragraph looking only for numbers. ignoring unrelated information. 3. Selectively read and skip through sections of the passage. In scanning you have a question in your mind and you read a passage only to find the answer. Try to anticipate how the answer will appear and what clues you might use to help you locate the answer.

Where key terms are introduced and defined. . subtitles. Graphs and charts have titles and/or captions that tell you what they are about. and visuals.Special Note: • When you skim and scan. That bit of information you need may not be tidily packaged in a paragraph. but only if you use them. so you need to check the entire page--not just the main body of the text. These clues will help you to find information. . side features. Skim and Scan this special note in 30 seconds . there are also many visual clues that help you to find information. even titles. Heads and subheads break up the text and identify the content of each part. you need to cover everything. they appear in boldface type.

in the absence of social interaction.SW: Skim and Scan the text: A newly published report indicates that jogging could have adverse health effects.” . A team of researchers from Harvard University has suggested that going for a run on your own is not as healthy as previously believed and is nowhere near as beneficial as jogging as part of a group. who led the research. They suggested it could actually be detrimental to one’s health. a normally beneficial experience can exert a potentially deleterious influence on the brain. said: “These results suggest that. especially for those who do it alone. Professor Elizabeth Gould. Experiments conducted on rats indicated that running alone raises stress levels and stifles brain cell regeneration.

the scientists conducted tests to ascertain the rate of brain cell growth in all of the test animals.” Joggers around the world should perhaps take the research with a pinch of salt and remember that jogging is healthier than the rat race. However. The results revealed that the communal joggers had double the amount of new brain cells as the solo runners. After two weeks.• The researchers monitored two groups of rats on exercise wheels. Professor Gould concluded that: “When experienced in a group setting. when running occurs in social isolation. One group exercised alone. the other as part of a rodent jogging team. these positive effects are suppressed. . running stimulates neurogenesis (brain cell growth).

Some Harvard researchers claim that jogging alone a. b. is not healthy. increases the size of the brain. c. c. is jogging alone beneficial for our health? Why? b. is as healthy as it was thought. Choose a. . a. a. Jogging alone. b or c in each question below. Answer the following questions using your own words but taking into account the information in the text. Only one choice is correct. b.. According to the text. i. ii.Part 1: Skimming 1. is not as healthy as it was thought. Has this piece of research been tested on humans? 2. increases the production of brain cells. reduces the production of brain cells.

Part 2: Scanning Are the following statements TRUE or FALSE? Identify the part of the text that supports your answer. What were her conclusions? . Jogging rats produce more brain cells if they do it in group: ________ Evidence: Answer the following questions: c. Jogging with rats stimulates the brain cell production: ________ Evidence: b. a. What does professor Gould says about the results of this experiment? d.

.Tips: 1.Generalalmente se utilizan dos colores diferentes para hacer cada proceso.Se utilizan codigos de color para hacer skimming y scanning.. De esta manera es más fácil identificar cada técnica de lectura. 2. .