In our last video we talked about the most important reading skill – finding the main idea. In this video, we are going to talk about the second most important reading skill – finding supporting details. In other words, finding the information a writer uses to support their main idea. Read More
Creative Thinking Exercise C Learning to Think Outside the Box Directions: Read the passage below, and then answer the questions. This is a NO CELL PHONE activity. Download: Creative Thinking Exercise C By Laura Pappanobeb (2014) 1. Once considered the product of genius or divine inspiration, creativity — the ability to spot problems and devise smart… Read More
Creative Thinking Exercise B Directions: Reading the passage below, then answer the questions. Louis Pasteur Download: Creative Thinking Exercise B “Exploration into this mysterious world of germs began around 1850 by a Frenchman by the name of Louis Pasteur (1822-1895). At that time Pasteur, Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Lille,… Read More
Exercise A Discovery of Machu Picchu Download: Creative Thinking Exercise A Directions: Read the excerpt from “Machu Picchu’s anniversary, cause for celebration and caution.” Then answer the questions. (www.northeastern.edu/news/2011/07/machu_picchu/) “Why was the discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911 a significant moment in history? It was the first opportunity that our world had to learn about… Read More
Seven Steps to Better Reading Main Ideas If you want to be a good reader, you must be able to identify main ideas and supporting details. In this video, we will examine main ideas. In the next video, we will look at supporting details.
Counter-argument The counter-argument states clearly what the opposition believes. Some people believe that technology is the way of the future and that it is impossible to become overly dependent on its use. Rebuttal A strategy often used in the rebuttal is to agree where you can agree, and then state clearly your objection and the… Read More
On December 20, 2017, The Guardian published a full article describing their 18-month research on what happens when American cities buy one-way bus ticket for the homeless.
Reading Comprehension When learning a second language, it is easy to focus on every word. However, this is not always the best because, if you do, it is hard to comprehend the overall meaning. Instead of focusing on every word, teach yourself to focus on phrases within a sentence. If you do this, it will improve… Read More
Often students don’t do well on reading tests for one of two reasons. First, they believe they already understand how to answer the questions, so they often skip the directions. Without understanding the directions, chances are students will make careless mistakes, like selecting only one answer to a multi-answer question. Second, students often go straight to the questions… Read More
If your schedule is not so full this summer that you cannot see straight, you might want to take the opportunity to work on some critical reading skills. Take a reading passage and try dialoging with the author, asking relevant questions in an attempt to understand what the writer is saying, but more important what… Read More