What’s the Point? Book One: Beginning to Read for Meaning. Cover, Inside Cover, Table of Contents, “To Readers & Helpers: Instructions for Use” on pages vi to viii.
Who It’s For: Language & Reading Teachers; Readers Learning to Survey to Determine the Purpose or Value of a Text
Why You Need It: Before investing in a book or other lengthy print matter, it may save time or energy to look it over to see if it warrants closer reading. Surveying is a reading strategy that leads to better comprehension and ease.
What You’ll / They’ll Do:
 On (outside & inside) covers, notice titles, authors, publishers, & general information.
 Peruse the Table of Contents to get an overview of what’s in the book—and to find sections of special interest or value to you.
 Skim or scan the Preface for broad advice on how to best use the book in (self-)teaching or for other purposes.
 Continue to look at equivalent or comparable sections of any other texts you’re considering using. Use surveying (automatically) whenever you preview reading matter.