Overview - REAL-LIFE READING ACTIVITIES
Product Type: Book
Authors: James F. Silver, Ed. D.
Number of Pages: 290 pages
Age Appropriate Level: Grades 6-12, Special Education
Real-Life Reading Activities is a useful educational resource for English teachers and reading specialists to teach students with various levels of learning abilities. This book is intended to broaden students reading and writing skills through words and symbols using diagrams, charts, tables, pictures, cartoons, maps, and graphs.
Real-Life Reading Activities is organized into seven major sections containing over 200 reproducible lessons and exercises. Each lesson is supported with an Instructor's page outlining background information and teaching suggestions. Each lesson also includes one or more 'Student Skillsheets' designed for sequential skill development thus, building to higher levels of reading proficiency as student's advance to the next section.
The lessons and activities are interesting and flexible so they can supplement traditional English curriculums. The lessons can be applied in individual or group classroom activities and are useful for remedial reading activities. Answer keys for each lesson contained in each section are included at the end of this practical reading resource.
A sampling of the lessons in each section illustrates the type of skills students develop or reinforce through reading "real-life" situations.
Section 1-Reading for Deeper Meanings.
Teaches students reading skills that look beyond the surface of a writer's meaning through activities such as Helping Readers to Be More Efficient and Effective, Practice Scanning I & II, Determining Paragraph Topics, Determining Main Ideas, Combining Details to Reach Conclusions, and more.
Section 2-Reading and Vocabulary.
Focuses on reinforcing understanding of the English language at the word level through activities such as Using Context Clues to Determine Meanings of Words, Completing Analogies, Homophone Crossword Puzzles, and more.
Section 3-Reading Diagrams/Charts, Tables, and Graphs.
Illustrates how words in different visual arrangements can expand meanings through activities such as Understanding Whales (using an illustration with labeled parts), Reading a Bus Schedule (using tables), Volcanoes (using cross-section diagrams), Line Graph of Motor Vehicle Production, and more.
Section 4-Reading Pictures/Cartoons and Maps.
Illustrates other ways of finding meanings through words and symbols such as Air Pollution Situations in Cartoons, Mapping a Hurricane, Map Indexes and Road Distances, United States Government Topographical Maps and Elevation, Understanding Globe Maps, and more.
Section 5-Reading and Studying Skills.
Students practice various methods for outlining and studying through activities such as Gathering and Classifying Information, Composing Questions as a Study Technique, Ways to Improve Memory, Studying With a Partner, Marking a Short Essay, and more.
Section 6-Reading and Its Writing Connection.
Focuses on certain effective writing techniques, punctuation, and word choice through activities such as Sentences that Make Sense, Using a Variety of Verbs and Adjectives, Using Words That Help Readers Visualize, Friendly Letters, Writing Business Letters, and more.
Section 7-Reading and Research.
Teaches students how to use research materials such as encyclopedias through activities such as Basic Reference Books, Practicing Alphabetizing, Dictionary Guide Words and Multiple Definitions, Using the Library Card Catalog, Guideline for Using Almanacs, Locating Interesting United States Facts, and more.