Ambiguous Text: Meaning-Making in Reading and Scienceby: Thomas O'Brien

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Learners are asked to read one or more passages of ambiguous, discrepant text where they understand the individual words (or “trees”) but are hard-pressed to connect the words with an overall context (or “forest”) to extract and construct meaning from the passage.

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  • on Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:18 PM

One of the hardest things for high school students to do is to interpret scientific texts. In many cases, the inability to read and decipher scientific texts turns students off from science. This exercise has students read through five seemingly vague passages and try to make sense about what the readings are. The tools suggested are perfect to help all students determine meaning from vocabulary laden science textbooks.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

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