Strategies for Reading Comprehension
Semantic Feature Analysis
[Johnson & Pearson, 1984]


What Is It?
With a Semantic Feature Analysis chart or grid, one can examine related concepts but make distinctions between them according to particular criteria across which the concepts can be compared.

How Does It Work?
A set of concepts is listed down the left side (or across the top; it doesn't much matter which) and criteria or features are listed across the top (or down the side). If the concept is associated with the feature or characteristic, the student records a Y or a + (plus-sign) in the grid where that column and row intersect; if the feature is not associated with the concept, an N or - (minus-sign) is placed in the corresponding square on the grid. For instance, consider types of government: democracy, dictatorship, monarchy, oligarchy, theocracy, and republic. What might be the characteristics of governments that might be associated with various types?

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  FDR JFK Nixon Reagan Clinton
Democrat + + - - +
War Time President + - + - -
Congress of Same Party -/+ + - -/+ -/+
Re-Elected + - + + +
Served in Congress - + + - -
Won Majority of Popular Vote + - -/+ + -


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