When I encounter a difficult text, I begin to slow down my reading. Then, I continue to read and find context clues further into the text to possibly understand it if it is a paragraph or sequence of sentences. If it is multiple sections or paragraphs, I begin to reread it looking for context clues that I possibly missed. If there are words that do not know, i either look them up or use context from the passage to get at what the author is stating. I also look for major ideas, themes , and tone that the author sets.