Techniques for Active Reading, or Options For What I Should be Writing Down


Underline or highlight key words and phrases

Make annotations in the margin to summarize points, raise questions, challenge what you’ve read, jot down examples.

Read critically by asking questions of the text.

Who wrote it? When? Who is the intended audience? Does it link with other material you’ve studied? Why do you think it was written? It is an excerpt from a longer piece of text?