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  Weekly Feature: (September 22, 2002)


Reading and Fishing?
L's Weekly Feature

What has reading got to do with fishing? They are both skills that improve with practice. There is a saying: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach him to fish, and you feed him for life.”

In my previous features on vocabulary development, I have been trying to encourage you to develop better reading strategies and to use the dictionary sparingly and then only to check on what you think the word might mean.

Learning better reading strategies is a skill you can use for the rest of your life. If you immediately use the dictionary when you encounter a new word, you might get the meaning of that particular word but you will still be dependent on a dictionary each time you face a new word. The dictionary may have given you a fish, but you have not really developed your reading skills.

Most of you already have good reading abilities; you just need to trust yourself and use these skills more and the dictionary less. In my first reading class last week, I asked my students if they knew the word “obese”. They all answered in the negative. Yet, they were all able to give me the meaning once they saw it used in this sentence:

Mary was thin, but her husband was obese.

Try another one?

Even though B.C. wine has won many international awards, Jack continued to drink imported wine. He still feels that wine from other countries is superior to local wine.

Try to guess the meanings of all the bolded words in this week’s feature. If you are having trouble, you might want to click on the links below to check out my earlier articles.

I have also included four new PowerPoint presentations to introduce you to a few more Latin roots and prefixes and Greek roots as well. I hope you enjoy them. (Download a PowerPoint Viewer—free from Microsoft if you do not have PowerPoint OR you do not use Internet Explorer)

Happy fishing.

L's PowerPoint Lectures on Latin Roots and Prefixes and on Greek Roots:
(NOTE: Choose "Open" if using Internet Explorer. To advance the slide, click or press "enter." To end presentation press "Alt" and then "F4.")

Latin Roots

Latin Prefixes

More Latin Prefixes

Greek Roots

L's Other Features on Vocabulary:

Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension Strategies

Vocabulary Attack Skills 1

Vocabulary Attack Skills 2


Visit Last Week's Feature:
September 11: A Personal View 


Weekly Feature Index (Includes all 2002 to date Weekly Features with descriptions)


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