Reading from Line to Line

  • When you have a blank spot in the center of your vision, you may lose your place as you read, and skip or repeat lines. To avoid this, try reading in a new way:

1. READ THE FIRST LINE OF A STORY

2. SCAN BACK TO THE START OF THE SAME LINE

3. DROP YOUR GAZE DOWN TO THE NEXT LINE

4. READ THE NEXT LINE.

  • If you practice reading like this, soon you will read this way without thinking.
  • Use your finger or the edge of a black pocket comb to keep your place if this helps.

TRY THIS:

Read the next story using the four steps above. Since you will need to think about HOW you are reading, not WHAT you are reading, do not worry if you do not understand the meaning of the story as well as usual:

Excerpts from “Rhyme and Reason
from The Phantom Tollbooth
© 1961 by Norton Juster

“It has been a long trip,” said Milo, climbing onto the couch where the princesses sat; “but we would have been here much sooner if I hadn’t made so many mistakes. I’m afraid it’s all my fault.”

“You must never feel badly about making mistakes,” explained Reason quietly, “as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.”

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