Recall visits to a museum, an art gallery, a national park, or a historical site when you have been escorted through a guided tour. A guided tour presents a visitor with a knowledgeable introduction to what is being viewed. The tour helps you focus on what is interesting or important, offers you insight into the exhibit or experience that helps you appreciate it more, and provides a framework for understanding what you encounter.
In contrast, unless you are already quite knowledgeable, you will probably miss some significant elements of the experience if you wander about by yourself. This is also true of students struggling to make sense of textbook readings in their classes. A “chapter tour” can provide them with enough direction and background so they can learn what’s important in their reading.
A Chapter Tour is a form of study guide that “talks” the reader through a chapter, and points out elements of the text that warrant special attention. Using a Chapter Tour activity involves the following steps: