Hacking Reading Comprehension: Part 2 – The Hacks List


Revised reading hacks list

Here’s the list. I’ve revised the categories to just one category. Really, it’s just about getting readers to identify something something in the text. See down below for the list.

Are you a reading hacker?

Responses and inferencing

The other dimensions relate to:

  • What kind of response you want them to give you.
    • Multiple choice
    • Forced choice (Yes/No, True/False)
    • Complete the second half of the sentence.
  • Whether they have to
    • Infer the answer, or
    • Find information that is explicit in the text.

Identify something

There are a bunch of things you can ask your learners to identify in a text as part of a reading comprehension question – or series of questions. Here’s an incomplete list with the odd example. Identify…

  1. An object. E.g. “What’s in the picture?”
  2. A person or people. E.g. “Who is this?”, “What organization…?”
  3. Time. E.g. “When was the truck made?”, “How long should you leave X for?”
  4. suggestion, recommendation, or advice. E.g. “What advice does she give for X?”
  5. An action. E.g. “What should he do?”
  6. location or place E.g. “Where should you store the X?”
  7. The meaning of a word, sentence, or paragraph. E.g. “What does “X” mean?”
  8. If something is true or correct. E.g. “What is most likely to be included in X?”
  9. A particular situation or state of being. E.g. “This text is for people who…”
  10. reason or cause. E.g. “Why is Damon such a good tutor?”
  11. solution to a problem. E.g. “How can you get better results with X?”
  12. The correct second half of the sentence. E.g. “The ad promotes the size of its building to show that it is…”
  13. summary or the gist of something. E.g. “What is this article about?”
  14. step or steps in a sequence. E.g. “What should you do first?”
  15. Some aspect of formatting or typography. E.g. “Why is bold print used?”
  16. Some aspect of punctuation. E.g. “Why is “X” in quotation marks?
  17. The purpose of a text. E.g. “The purpose of the text is to…”

There’s probably more, but that’s more than enough for now. Also I’ll  probably lay this up in a table and provide some more examples, but I don’t think WordPress can do all that.

Let me know in the comments if this is useful. I’m going to try it out on some unsuspecting tutors next week. If I design a chart for this I’ll post it as well.

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