Have you ever played the game Monopoly? You move your game piece around the board while attempting to acquire property and wealth. Teaching is a lot like running a Monopoly game. Instead of buying properties, students move through the learning process and acquire knowledge. However, unlike the Monopoly game where everyone starts at the same space, students begin studying and often attempt to skip the “first box”, or page one. But why is page one so important? It’s the starting point and it’s important to teach students how to read the first page of any text.
Teach students to:
- Read the lesson title and subtitles to determine the overall topic.
- Look at the graphics on the first page and make predictions about the content.
- Read the guiding questions. They highlight the main ideas that are going to be covered. Teach students that these questions are really the point – what should be learned in the lesson.
- Study the key terms. These terms are listed to provide experience in academic vocabulary and provide background knowledge.
- Read the first paragraph. This is the lead in to the content. It frames the lesson.
By teaching students the value of the first page, they will move through the lessons with much more success.