Students and parents, here is a great strategy to preview chapters of any textbook. It is known as T.H.I.E.V.E.S., an acronym for the steps of the strategy. After a few times of practice, you will find this strategy easy, and very effective in improving your comprehension of what you read.
What is the title?
What do I already know about this topic?
What does this topic have to do with the preceding chapter?
Does the title express a point of view?
What do I think I will be reading about?
What does this heading tell me I will be reading about?
What is the topic of the paragraph beneath it?
How can I turn this heading into a question that is likely to be answered in the text?
Is there an opening paragraph, perhaps italicized?
Does the first paragraph introduce the chapter?
What does the introduction tell me I will be reading about?
E……EVERY FIRST SENTENCE IN A PARAGRAPH
What do I think this chapter is going to be about, based on the first sentence in each paragraph?
V ……VISUALS AND VOCABULARY
Does the chapter include photographs, drawings, maps, charts, or graphs?
What can I learn from the visuals in a chapter?
How do captions help me better understand the meaning?
Is there a list of key vocabulary terms and definitions?
Are there important words in boldface type throughout the chapter?
Do I know what the bold-faced words mean?
Can I tell the meaning of the boldfaced words from the sentences in which they are embedded?
What do the questions ask?
What information do I learn from the questions?
Let me keep in mind the end-of-chapter questions so that I may annotate my text where pertinent information is located.
What do I understand and recall about the topics covered in the summary?