If, when you are asked to explain what the author means by a particular sentence, all you can do is repeat his very words, with some minor alterations in their order, you had better suspect that you do not know what he means. Ideally, you should be able to say the same thing in totally different words. The idea can, of course, be approximated in varying degrees. But if you cannot get away at all from the author’s words, it shows that only words have passed from him to you, not thought or knowledge How to Read a Book


Welcome to TVO's Reading Task Group Page! ----
Open Culture offers 20 popular high schools books in audio and ebook format. Free movies of some of the books are avaliable too.
April 29, 2011 -- minute-long video recaps of classics; not to be missed

Hello All!
I am THE BIGGEST fan of LE PETIT PRINCE -LITTLE PRINCE since I was six ! I like to use some stories from the book and its beautiful poem-like language in my classes. Here, you can find the English version online. Let Le Petit meet your students,soon! Cheers
Sebnem Celik
http://home.pacific.net.hk/~rebylee/text/prince/contents.html
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Betul MUTVER - A web site that I frequently use. It is full of nice readings ! Have a look :)
http://www.eslflow.com/readinglessonplans.html

Another one! You can even choose the level you want.
http://www.lclark.edu/~krauss/toppicks/reading.html

Betül Mutver-// "Reading skills learners need to succeed "
  • Finding the main idea.
  • Understanding vocabulary in context.
  • Finding details.
  • Identifying true or false.
  • Identifying the writer’s opinion.
  • Understanding diagrams , labels , forms and signs.
  • Comparing and contrasting infromation.
  • Making inferences.
  • Sequencing events.
  • Recognizing formal and informal language.
  • Finding main ideas and details.
  • Skimming and scanning.
  • Understanding difficult vocabulary.
  • Identifying purpose.
  • Organizing / classifying information.
  • Understanding directions.
  • Understanding fables.
  • Using previous knowledge.
  • Understanding guides.
  • Understanding cause and effect.
  • Understanding online forums.
  • Identifying moods.
  • Cross scanning for details.
  • Understanding settings.
  • Understanding brochures.
  • Understanding summaries.
  • Identifying character.
  • Understanding paragraph development.
  • Finding information from graphs and tables.
  • Understanding menus.
  • Understanding advertisements.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Understanding point of view.
  • Making generalizations.
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