YOUR READING SKILLS BENCHMARKS.
Speed, comprehension, and recall are the three important components of reading.
Comprehension and recall are especially interrelated— better to sacrifice some speed to increase these two factors.
To test your reading and comprehension skills, read the passage below (excerpted from American Firsts by Stephen Spignesi, New Page Books, 2004).
Then close the book, jot down the key points made in the selection you read, review the text, and compare your notes with the reading
selection. You will get a good idea of how well you understood what you read and just how good your “top-of-the-mind” recall is.
Bar codes are everywhere these days. They are automatically printed on almost every manufactured item—even though
there are still many retail outlets that do not use bar code scanning devices.
Someday, though, everyone will, the thinking goes, and so the code is printed on more than 95 percent of consumer items.
A bar code consists of 12 numbers separated by double lines at the beginning, middle, and end of the sequence.
A laser/ optical scanner reads the pattern of the numbers and instantly identifies the item and its correct price.
Bar codes have been a boon to the retail industry, as well as the United States military, which requires that every single item it purchases
have a scannable barcode.
Bar codes allow speedy checkouts at stores, continual inventory updating, and accurate information about purchasing patterns.
Bar codes were invented in 1948 by Bernard Silver, a graduate student of Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, and Joseph Woodland, his partner. They initially worked with ultraviolet ink, but eventually settled on the pattern matching system in use today.
Some conspiracy theorists believe that the government eventually plans to have bar codes placed on every citizen, either on the back of the wrist or on the forehead, for constant monitoring of the populace.
Interestingly, it was recently announced that laser bar code technology has advanced to the point where barcodes can now be imprinted directly onto meat and eggs and be read without damaging the product.
This means that, yes, bar codes can now safely be placed on human flesh.
Imagine a future in which you order a ticket to a baseball game at home on the Internet using your own personal barcode ID number.
When you get to the stadium, you hold out your hand, and an optical scanner reads the bar code tattooed (or whatever) on the back of your wrist.
The master database (which everyone will be sharing by then) confirms that you did, indeed, purchase a ticket, and you get whisked through the entrance in the time it takes to swipe a bag of chips across a grocery store cash register scanner.
Science fiction? Not really. We’re pretty close to this scenario already.
Score: If you can read the material straight through and accurately summarize what you’ve read, all in less than two minutes, give yourself an A.
If you have some problems reading and understanding the text but are able to complete the assignment in less than four minutes, give yourself a B.
If you are unable to complete the assignment in that time, remember what you read, or produce accurate notes at all, give yourself a C.
FOR AGES 9-13 YEARS
Understand your study habits benchmark.
This form will help you in understanding your study profile.
We all are lifelong learners. Hence whether you are 10 years old or 40 years old, words like class, school, college, study, homework, etc. all are applicable to you too.
Attempt the form using the definition as applicable to you.
Do you know every successful person had a good reading habit? Why not you? Let us fix our reading targets.
Below are the lists of 10 books in English and 10 books in Gujarati. Your goal is to read these books (at least complete one list)
Here we go: (click on any title to read that book from our library. Write book summary or book reviews for at least five books. The more the book reviews better it is for you.
Read the story given below.
This story got a prize for an eight-year girl.
Can you write a different story having the same title?
Try it out.
Submit your entry in your Google class.
Maybe, you will get a prize too!