Matching Reading Strategies to Different Text Types

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

How a reader approaches text depends on the type of text they are reading and the purpose for reading. In this lesson, we will examine how to select reading strategies based on the content and purpose of the text.

Selecting Reading Strategies

Consider the way you approach reading the news on the internet. How does that compare to the way you read the latest novel? Depending on what we are reading and why we are reading it, we might scan, skim, read, or reread material. Let's examine different reading strategies and determine the appropriate use of each.


Skimming text is quickly glancing through the material to get an overview. When skimming, it isn't necessary to read every individual word or to know every detail. You are simply trying to pick up the overall message. Newspapers, magazines, brochures, and web pages may be skimmed as you are trying to determine which articles are worth your time for more extensive reading. Lots of people skim through several books at the bookstore or library before determining which ones they want to read.

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