8th Grade Reading Comprehension Success by Elizabeth Chesla

By Elizabeth Chesla

This consultant develops serious studying abilities with fabric that's difficult, age-appropriate, and high-interest.

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Unless you’re reading a scientific or technical manual, you’ll usually find a combination of facts and opinions. In fact, you’ll often find fact 26 and opinion together in the same sentence. One of the topic sentences from Lesson 2 is a good example: Wilma Rudolph, the crippled child who became an Olympic running champion, is an inspiration for us all. The first part of the sentence, “Wilma Rudolph, the crippled child who became an Olympic running champion,” is a fact. Rudolph was crippled by polio as a child, and she did win medals in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics.

HOW TO DETERMINE MEANING FROM CONTEXT To demonstrate how you can use context to determine what a word means, let’s begin with an example. Read the paragraph below carefully and actively. LearningExpress Skill Builders • LESSON 3 17 –8TH GRADE READING COMPREHENSION SUCCESS– Andy is the most unreasonable, pigheaded, subhuman life-form in the entire galaxy, and he makes me so angry I could scream! Of course, I love him like a brother. I sort of have to, because he is my brother. More than that, he’s my twin!

To test yourself, write down the names of all the stores on the block where you walk every day, or jot down the colors of all the houses on the street where you live. 3. Try your active reading strategies when you read your favorite magazine. 8 LESSON 1 • LearningExpress Skill Builders –BECOMING AN ACTIVE READER– because prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can be dangerous. ANSWERS PRACTICE 1 1. The main thing you will learn in Lesson 2 is how to identify the main idea of a passage. 2. The main topics of Lesson 2 are the definition of main idea, topic sentence, and main ideas in paragraphs and essays.

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