Strategies for Reading Comprehension
What Is Power Thinking?.
Power Thinking is an alternative system for outlining information that is hierarchical in nature. In other words, the information can be grouped according to main ideas, subtopics, and details. It considers information according to which level it belongs on, and we use numbers to signify those levels.
How Does It Work?
Power 1: main idea, thesis, topic
Power 2: subtopic, category of Power 1, detail of a Power 1
Power 3: detail or subtopic of a Power 2
...and so on...
Can You Show Me What a Power Thinking Outline Would Look Like?
1: TV Shows2: Dramas3: E.R.2: SitComs
3: Law & Order3: Fresh Prince of Bel Air2: Soap Operas
3: Everybody Loves Raymond3: All My Children
3: As the World Turns
3: Young & the Restless
That's Nice, but How About One Related to Social Studies?
Five Themes of Geography
1: Location2: Absolute1: Place3: latitude and longitude coordinates2: Relative
3: street address
3: in the Atlantic Ocean
3: west of Madagascar
3: 30 miles south of Albany2: Human Characteristics1: Human-Environment Interaction3: houses2: Physical Characteristics
3: wheat fields
3: cities3: mountains
3: deserts2: Depend On1: Movement3: living near water2: Modify
3: trees for lumber, paper
3: clearing land for farming2: Adapt To
3: grading to create roadways
3: creating reservoirs3: warm clothes in cold climates
3: building shelter
2: People1: Region3: cars2: Goods
3: railroads2: Ideas
3: ships3: newspapers
2: Political3: United States2: Language
3: Latin America2: Agricultural
3: Arab World (where people speak Arabic)
3: English-Speaking World3: rice-growing2: Industrial
3: tobacco states
3: Grain Belt
3: Rust Belt
3: Silicon Valley
3: textile region
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