When looking at a text for the first time, use the heading, any subheadings and any illustrations to form an idea about the topic of the text before reading.
This will assist you in developing your previewing skills. You can then use this information to make predictions about the text, drawing on any knowledge of the topic. This will help you to develop predicting skills.
By using these skills, you will find it easier to understand a text when you come to read it.
Can you guess what this headline is about?
Previewing is an important skill because it helps us to anticipate the content and this makes it easier to understand the text.
Let’s try using these previewing skills. Below are six headlines and six summaries of the articles to which they belong.
Take the quiz below to check your understanding.