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Becoming an Active Reader Practice Exercises

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

Read the following study guide for a concept review:

Becoming an Active Reader Study Guide

Exercise 1

Just to test yourself, skim ahead through Lesson 2. Look at the summaries, headings, and other reading aids. Then answer the questions below.

Questions

  1. What is the main thing you will learn in Lesson 2?
  2. What are the main topics of Lesson 2?
  3. What key words or phrases are defined in Lesson 2?

Exercise 2

Question

Read the paragraph below, twice, and highlight the most important information.

Wind Chill Factor

People have known for a long time that they feel colder when the wind is blowing. The reason for this is simple. The faster the wind blows, the faster your body will lose heat. To educate the public, scientists in Antarctica performed experiments and developed a table to give people a better idea of how cold they would feel outside when the wind was blowing. This is important because prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can be dangerous.

Exercise 3

Question

Read the paragraph below carefully. Circle any unfamiliar words, and then look them up in the dictionary. Write their meanings below or in the margins. Then reread the paragraph to fully understand its meaning.

We'd just moved to South Mountain, and I didn't know anyone in the neighborhood. On my first day at South Mountain High, I was petrified. I'm shy to begin with, you know, so you can imagine how I felt walking into that strange school. I wore my favorite outfit to bolster my confidence, but it didn't help much. It seemed like everyone was staring at me, but it was probably just my imagination running rampant, as usual. In fact, I thought I was imagining things when I walked into my new homeroom. I couldn't believe my eyes! There, sitting in the front row, was Maggie Rivers, my best friend from Oakwood Elementary School.

Exercise 4

Question

Reread the passage from Exercise 3, reprinted here. Record your own questions and comments.

We'd just moved to South Mountain, and I didn't know anyone in the neighborhood. On my first day at South Mountain High, I was petrified. I'm shy to begin with, you know, so you can imagine how I felt walking into that strange school. I wore my favorite outfit to bolster my confidence, but it didn't help much. It seemed like everyone was staring at me, but it was probably just my imagination running rampant, as usual. In fact, I thought I was imagining things when I walked into my new homeroom. I couldn't believe my eyes! There, sitting in the front row, was Maggie Rivers, my best friend from Oakwood Elementary School.

Answers

Exercise 1

  1. The main thing you will learn in Lesson 2 is how to identify the main idea of a passage.
  2. The main topics of Lesson 2 are the definitions of main idea, topic sentence, and main ideas in paragraphs and essays.
  3. The key words and phrases defined in Lesson 2 are main idea, subject, assertion, and topic sentence.

Exercise 2

You should have highlighted or underlined as follows:

People have known for a long time that they feel colder when the wind is blowing. The reason for this is simple. The faster the wind blows, the faster your body will lose heat. To educate the public, scientists in Antarctica performed experiments and developed a table to give people a better idea of how cold they would feel outside when the wind was blowing. This is important because prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can be dangerous.

The first underlined sentence is important because it explains why the wind chill factor exists. Notice that the second underlined sentence begins with the signal phrase "This is important." This tells us that this fact is significant and should be highlighted.

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