Pattern F or how to transform a text into a scheme of boxes

Today I want to introduce you to the concept of Pattern F and how it can be applied to a web page or blog as well as to a textbook. In an era in which “infoxication” is the order of the day, Pattern F should be understood as a priority to ensure the correct understanding of any type of text. And if you look at the field of education and, specifically, textbooks, you will notice that Pattern F is a type of scheme that repeats itself regularly when introducing concepts.

In this article I intend to demonstrate how you can learn to identify Pattern F and, from this pattern, transform the content of a text into a box scheme that saves time for your students in the study. Do you want to know what is Pattern F? Do you want me to show you how a text is transformed into a box scheme? Well, come with me and I’ll show you with great pleasure.

What is Pattern F?

The letter F of the expression Pattern F indicates the initial in English of the word Fast, because fast is how people have become used to reading when browsing the net. But this provision of a web content is also given in many textbooks. In fact, there are many usability studies that have been conducted around web content. This is what is known as eye tracking, a process based on the monitoring technology by which it is evaluated where the eye fixes its attention to study the visual behavior of users. In fact, it is a procedure that is strongly considered in neuromarketing.

The 3 components of Pattern F.

Through various studies on how the user reads a content on the web, it has been concluded that a recurring pattern is the so-called Pattern F that is characterized by having 3 components that are:

  • The user reads the top of any text horizontally at the beginning. This happens because he knows that a good part of the essential information lies in that area. That is why the title of any content on the web is so important. This first component is the one that forms the first horizontal line of the F of Pattern F.
  • The second component comes immediately after the first reading of the top of any web content. In this second component, the user also makes a second horizontal reading, although not as exhaustive as the first one. This second component would be the bottom horizontal line of the letter F in Pattern F. In a blog, for example, corresponds to the introduction, which is usually brief and a single paragraph.
  • Finally, the horizontal reading disappears to give way to what is called scanned reading, that is, users scan the left side of the content in a vertical movement. This last component would be the vertical line that would form the F of Pattern F.

What is a heat map?

Related to Pattern F would be the so-called Heatmap or Heatmap, an essential tool to see the behavior of the user in a web page. A Heat Map gives a very important information about a web page because it is known where the user stops and which areas are the best and worst work. Here you have a famous example of Heat Map where you can see the Pattern F:

To see the importance of the information provided by a Heat Map, here is an example of the main page of Justify your answer. If you look closely at the heat points in yellow, you will notice that they focus on three points, mainly:

  • Content shared on Facebook. In my case it has helped me to realize that a good part of the readers value the content and share it in the social network Facebook
  • About me Although many bloggers are unaware of it, the About me page has the most visits in a blog and that is why it is given so much importance.
  • Seeker. It is another essential element in a blog and to which users resort to find information within the blog itself. This attests that the content of the blog interests the readers of Justify your answer.

The Pattern F in textbooks.

Now that you know roughly about Pattern F, it’s time to apply that pattern to textbooks. I want to make clear before continuing that Pattern F is not an exact science and that it does not work for all the textbooks of any course of any subject, but it does seem important to take it into account because it is a pattern, the less , recurrent.

Look, if not, in this example taken from a textbook of the subject of Spanish Language and Literature (Editorial Editex):

  1. Title of the section: The advertising language (first horizontal line).
  2. Definition of advertising language (second horizontal line).
  3. Characteristics of advertising language (vertical line to the left).

This example you just saw is a very common and repetitive structure in many textbooks. Title, definition, characteristics or sections and sub-sections are frequent in any subject and, in fact, they are of great help to structure and help the understanding of said content by the students.

Well, when I realized that Pattern F was a very repeated pattern in textbooks, I decided to create a type of scheme that would follow the structure of Pattern F and help the student to transform the content or section of a book of text in a box outline. I have called this scheme the box scheme.

What is the box scheme? About Pattern F.

How to transform a box scheme from Pattern F.

Next, you will be able to learn how a box scheme is elaborated from the example of Pattern F on the advertising language. You will see that its realization is really simple. In this sense, it is important to tell you that before going to the box scheme what I usually do with my students is to underline the text in 4 colors with the help of the digital board.

The pattern F. By way of conclusion.

How much I like to write these types of articles in Justify your answer. For me they are essential because they attest to the importance that in this blog has always been granted to study techniques. Reading, underlining, schematizing and summarizing are the four basic pillars with which I work in the classrooms. Today you have learned how to make a scheme of boxes using the Pattern F.