Active Reading Strategies Part 2: Rephrase and Predict
Rephrase and Predict
Rephrase If Possible (RIP)
Read Around and Predict (RAP)
Example 1: “The author includes the discussion of the scone, the doughnut and the muffin primarily to…”
- RIP it! – Rephrase: “Why does the author talk so much about the different pastry?” “What does the discussion of the pastry DO?”
- RAP it! – Predict: Read around the line reference and come up with an answer to your own version of the question in your own words. For example: “To show how much Jackson loves sweets” “To reveal the arbitrary standards Alex uses to choose her friends” “To show that the waitress is an expert.” Then, cross out choices that don’t match. Trust your answer!
Example 2: “In the context of the passage, the author’s use of the phrase “delicately, we devoured the pastry” is primarily meant to convey the idea that…”
- RIP it! – Rephrase: “What does the phrase DO?" "What is its purpose?” “Why is the author talking like this?”
- RAP it! – Predict: Read around the reference, review the first sentence of the paragraph to confirm what the point of the paragraph is supposed to be, and answer your version of the question. For example: "To add a lighthearted touch to the story" "To emphasize the narrator's conflicted state"
Then, cross out choices that don’t match. Trust your answer!
Example 3: “Over the course of the passage, the main focus of the narrative shifts from the…”