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Comprehension Skills
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.76

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     challenging words:    idiom, retelling, summarize, selection, literature, sequence, writing, text, epidemic, context, plot, meaning, unknown, declare, increase, effect
     content words:    Pearl Harbor


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Comprehension Skills
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     "Read chapter ten tonight for homework. We will have a quiz tomorrow to check your reading comprehension," your teacher says cheerfully. But you are not feeling very cheerful. Just exactly what does that mean, "check your reading comprehension"?
 
2     Comprehension means grasping the meaning of what you have read. In other words, it is understanding what you read. You, as the reader, must build your own meaning from the text. The writer gives you the blocks, but you must build the structure on your own.
 
3     Ask yourself some questions in order to know if you have comprehended what you have read. First of all, ask yourself, "What is the main idea of what I have read?" The main idea is the "big picture" of what the whole passage is about. Sometimes the main idea is written in the text. Other times, you have to figure it out on your own.

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