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Order of Importance Practice

Look at the following list of reasons to read more often. If you were to put these reasons together in a paragraph to convince readers that they should read more, how would you organize them? Rank these reasons first in order of importance and then in the order in which you would present them.

Five Reasons to Read More Often

  • It will improve your vocabulary.
  • It will improve your reading comprehension.
  • It will increase your reading speed.
  • It will broaden your understanding of yourself and others.
  • It will introduce you to new information and ideas.

Order of Importance to You

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Order of Presentation

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  4.  
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In which order did you choose to present your ideas? Most important to least important? Or least to most? Either structure will work beautifully with these ideas. You may want to hit your readers with what's most important from the start so that you make sure you catch their attention. Or you may want to save your best idea for last so that your readers get through all the other ideas first and build up to the most important. You might present the ideas differently, but here are two versions of the resulting paragraph as examples.

Example: Most to Least Important

There are many benefits to reading more often. First and foremost, reading more will broaden your understanding of yourself and of other people. It will also introduce you to new information and ideas. Furthermore, it will improve your overall reading comprehension so you'll begin to understand more of what you read. In addition, reading more will improve your vocabulary and increase your reading speed.

Example: Least to Most Important

There are many benefits to reading more often. First, it will increase your reading speed, so that you can read more in less time. Second, it will improve your vocabulary. Third, it will improve your overall reading comprehension, and you'll understand more of what you read. In addition, reading more will introduce you to new information and ideas. Most importantly, it will broaden your understanding of yourself and of other people.

TIP: Three main ways that authors organize their ideas are

  • Time order—the chronological sequence of events
  • Space order—describing the placement of a particular person, thing, or setting using words and phrases such as: below, next to, behind, in the middle, beyond, before, and in front of
  • Order of importance—grabbing attention and creating a strong first impression by organizing ideas from most important to least important, or building suspense and tension by organizing ideas from least important to most important

Practice exercises for this concept can be found at Reading Comprehension Organization Practice Test.

Test your knowledge at Reading Comprehension Final Practice Test.

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