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Starting with the Text

Starting with the Text

Author: Sydney Bauer

This lesson explains the value of reading the text before reading the comprehension questions.

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Every student has his or her own strategy when it comes to answering questions about a reading passage. Some students decide to begin by reading the passage before they look over the questions. There are many reasons why a student might choose to do this:

  • Some students feel it is a waste of time to read the questions before the passage because they know they’ll need to read them again when it comes time to answer them.
  • Some students can feel overwhelmed by trying to remember what the questions are asking while they read the passage.
  • Some students can feel overwhelmed by trying to collect all of the answers within the passage as they read. 


Therefore, some students choose to begin with the passage. Having the details and main ideas in hand when you move on to the questions can help you form an answer without looking at the answer choices and have a strong sense of where the answers are located within the reading passage, which makes it easy to refer back to it. 

Starting with the Text