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The innovative C. I. A. Approach 
helps all readers access rich,
complex literature!

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 C. I. A. stands for Collect, Interpret, Apply.

This acronym outlines how to gain deep comprehension of a text.

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Readers pay attention to the text structure as they read,
allowing them to organize, recognize, and retain information—a
key requirement for comprehension.

Start by dividing the text into 4 quadrants, to mark the critical shifts in the plot line.

Then read using the C. I. A. Approach!

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COLLECT CRITICAL INFORMATION IN QUADRANT 1

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Sample Quadrant 1 Important Events List

3rd Grade C. I. A. Unit of Study, Biography—Martin Luther King Jr.

COLLECT CRITICAL INFORMATION IN QUADRANT 2

Sample Quadrant 2 Author’s Craft Chart

3rd Grade C. I. A. Unit of Study, Biography—Martin Luther King Jr.

COLLECT CRITICAL INFORMATION IN QUADRANT 3

Sample Quadrant 3 Evidence Collection Box

3rd Grade C. I. A. Unit of Study, Biography—Martin Luther King Jr.

APPLY THE TEXT TO YOUR LIFE IN QUADRANT 4

Sample Partial Quadrant 4 Synthesis Summary

3rd Grade C. I. A. Unit of Study, Biography—Martin Luther King Jr.