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
Mary was thin, but her husband was
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.
PowerPoint Viewer—free from Microsoft if you do not
have PowerPoint OR you do not use Internet Explorer)
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.")
L's Other Features on Vocabulary:
Reading Comprehension Strategies
Attack Skills 1
Vocabulary Attack Skills 2
Visit Last Week's Feature:
September 11: A Personal View