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Mark articles as read

When you finish reading an article, mark it as “read.” It’s no secret that the best debaters are avid readers. To that end, Prepd measures reading activity to help students keep track of what they’ve read and to provide valuable insights for educators.

What’s the purpose of marking an article as read?

When you’re looking for evidence and have limited team, being able to immediately recognize which articles you’ve read (and thus are most familiar with) could be quite handy.

Moreover, giving a student the opportunity to process the article he just read, and then think critically about the subject or the writing, improves reading retention and critical thinking.

For educators, this feature generates new insights into what and how their students read. Not only can teachers set and verify reading targets for their students, but they can also see which publications and topics their students are reading as well as their intellectual reactions to the articles. These insights can guide one-on-one instruction and classroom exercises.

How do I mark an article as read?

Select the “mark as read” button located in the bottom navigation bar of the Article View. A pop-up will appear that randomly presents one of five different reading comprehension exercises. These activities are intended to be relatively painless – they shouldn’t take more than a minute or two – but they do verify that the student read and processed the basic article content.

What are the different reading comprehension activities?

There are five different reading comprehension activities that may be presented:

  • – Analysis of an argument: Identify a claim, warrant, and impact in the article – and now rebut it!
  • – Significance statement: Why does the subject of this article matter in general? Why does it matter to you in particular?
  • – Three new things: List three new facts that you learned from reading this article.
  • – HWWWW: Identify a How, What, Where, When, and Why in the article.
  • – Summary: In your own words, write a brief summary of the article.

Can I go back and change my “marked as read” answer?

No. Once you submit your response, the article is marked as read and your response cannot be changed.