Teaching Strategies

Three Level Reading Guides

Reading beyond the surface level is a challenge for many secondary school students. The three level guide was devised by Herber (1978) and developed further by Morris and Stewart-Dore (1984) to help students think through the information in texts.

The teacher writes the guide to help the students locate information in a text, interpret what the author means, and then apply the information. The three level reading guide has a series of statements divided into three levels:

The three level guide helps the student to focus, first of all, on the information in the text. The student then thinks through this information, and interprets what the writer is trying to say. Finally, the student critically evaluates the information and relates it to what they already know.

Students will need a period to work through the three level guide. In class the teacher should:

Three Level Guide Examples


Herber, H. (1978). Teaching Reading in the Content Areas. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
Morris, A. and Stewart-Dore, N. (1984). Learning to Learn from Text: Effective Reading in Content Areas. New South Wales: Addison-Wesley.

See also: My Read