Getting Smarter through Language
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Reading is a very complex process. It involves not only recognizing words on a piece of paper
but also understand how the writer put those words together to create meaning.
Many readers do not get past understanding the main ideas in a passage; however,
writers put a lot more ideas into writing than a number of main ideas. Much information
in a passage is “hiding” in subtle word meanings or in the way the writer put the ideas together.
In addition, reading should not be a passive activity, where the reader is simply a depository
of the information the writer put into writing. Rather, readers should interpret what they read
and read critically. They should make sense of the information with a critical eye; otherwise,
readers have no control over what information is fed to them.
This lesson has several five parts. You are strongly encouraged to complete each