English Reading Comprehension Book: Reading 15 minutes a Day
English Grammar Book Content
SECTION 1 : BUILD YOUR VOCABULARY 1 7
Lesson 1: Multiple-Meaning Words 19
• Don’t be fooled by words with more than one meaning
Lesson 2: Words That Sound or Look Alike 27
• The difference between a homophone and a homograph
Lesson 3: Synonyms and Antonyms 35
• Using words that mean the same or mean the opposite
Lesson 4: Prefixes and Suffixes 43
• Get clues about a word’s meaning from its parts
Lesson 5: Terminology and Jargon 51
• Don’t be thrown by technical terms and subject-matter vocabulary
Lesson 6: Context Clues 59
• Find the meaning of unknown words from hints in the text
Lesson 7: Denotation and Connotation 67
• Know what a word implies as well as what it really means
SECTION 2 : VARIETY IN READING 7 5
Lesson 8: Genre: Fiction or Nonfiction? 77
• How do you know if something’s fiction or not?
Lesson 9: Author’s Purpose 85
• Why did the author write this selection anyway?
Lesson 10: Tone and Style 93
• How does what authors say and how they say it make you feel?
Lesson 11: Text Features 101
• What information can you get from headings, subheads, and captions?
Lesson 12: Graphics 109
• What information can you get from graphs, maps, and other visuals?
SECTION 3 : ORGANIZATION OF TEXT 1 1 7
Lesson 13: Main Idea and Supporting Details 119
• What’s a selection all about? Are there enough facts to back that idea?
Lesson 14: Chronological Order 127
• Follow things as they happen, from beginning to end
Lesson 15: Cause and Effect 135
• What makes something happen? What effect can one thing have on another?
Lesson 16: Compare and Contrast 143
• How are people, places, and events alike? How are they different?
Lesson 17: Fact and Opinion 151
• What can the author prove to be true? What are simply his or her personal beliefs?
Lesson 18: Question and Answer 159
• The author asks you a question, and then you find the answer
Lesson 19: Problem and Solution 167
• The author states what’s wrong and suggests how to fix it
Lesson 20: Making Inferences 175
• Learn to make good guesses so you can predict what’ll happen next
Lesson 21: Drawing Conclusions 183
• Weigh all the evidence, and then make a decision
Lesson 22: Summarizing 191
• Retell only the most important parts of what you read
SECTION 4 : ELEMENT S OF LITERATURE : THE FACTS 1 9 9
Lesson 23: Character and Setting 201
• Who’s the story about?
• Where does the story take place?
Lesson 24: Plot: Conflict and Resolution 209
• Follow a story’s ups and downs on the path of happily ever after
Lesson 25: Point of View 217
• Who’s telling this story anyway?
Lesson 26: Theme 225
• What’s the message or lesson the author wants me to learn?
Lesson 27: Imagery 233
• Use your senses to get “into” the story
Lesson 28: Flashback and Foreshadowing 243
• Thinking about the past
• Warning readers about what might happen in the future
Lesson 29: Figurative Language: Idiom, Personification, Hyperbole 251
• Words don’t always mean what they say
• Objects can be characters, too
• Making things bigger than life
Lesson 30: Figurative Language: Similes and Metaphors 259
• Compare things that are different, in very interesting ways
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