Lesson 5: The Art and Science of Reading Skills

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The objective of this lesson is to equip adult learners with an understanding of the art and science of reading skills, focusing on how to balance methodical approaches with creative insights to enhance both personal and professional growth. By the end of this lesson, learners will be able to apply reading strategies that employ analytical thinking while also embracing imaginative interpretation, thereby improving comprehension, retention, and application of written information in various contexts.

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Reading is a multifaceted skill that entails decoding symbols to derive meaning (the science) and interpreting and infusing text with understanding based on personal insights (the art). A strategic reader uses a combination of these skills to achieve comprehension, speed, and engagement with the text.

  • Decoding and Vocabulary: The ability to recognize words and their meanings..
  • Comprehension: Understanding the message the writer intends to convey..
  • Critical Thinking: Evaluating the text to form a judgment about its value or the validity of its arguments..
  • Reading Fluency: The ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression..
  • Engagement and Interpretation: Connecting with the text on a personal level and drawing inferences..

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Decoding and Vocabulary: Methodical aspects include learning phonetics and word structures, while creative aspects involve using context clues to infer the meaning of unfamiliar words. Actionable insight: Practice by ...

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