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Reading Comprehension 101

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Whether you are a student who is seeking to pass the reading comprehension portion of such standardized tests as the SAT, ACT, CLEP, College Placement Test, ACCUPLACER, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT, or you need to improve your reading comprehension for work or for other personal reasons, this course is for you. You will learn the best way to approach a variety of reading materials and how to improve both your comprehension and speed when reading those materials.

In today's world it is more important than ever to understand how to draw meaning from what you read. Students and employees are actually required to read more than they ever have in the past--how-to books, technical manuals, and on-line reading resources.  In order to position yourself at the top of your organization or the top of your class, learning to read with greater comprehension is a skill that will set you apart from the competition. 

Whether you already like to read and simply want to sharpen your skills, or you find that you struggle with reading comprehension and speed, this course has something for everyone. It has been said that reading one book a month every month for five years on a particular topic will position you in the marketplace as an expert.  What if you were able to accelerate that speed by reading two books a month for two and a half years, or four books a month for 1.25 years?

Reading is power. Learning to read faster, more accurately, and with greater comprehension is a skill that you need in today's competitive world.

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Lesson 1: What Is Reading Comprehension

Reading is a skill by which we can learn just about anything. The better you read and understand what you read, the better you will do in school, in your job, and ultimately in your life. 48 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Reading Comprehension; What is Comprehension?
  • Take Poll: Reading Comprehension
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 1: 20- Minute Reading
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: The Four Modes of Reading

Just about everyone who complains of not being able to understand or comprehend what they just read suffers from one of four basic problems. 42 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Reading Comprehension Disorders; Reading Comprehension Problems; Speed Reading Techniques
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 2: 20-Minute Reading (Practice a Speed reading Technique for 20 minutes)
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Pre-Reading Techniques

This lesson will focus on how to approach reading technical materials, textbooks, manuals, etc. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Pre-reading Strategies; Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Paragraph Structure

Reading comprehension is built upon attaching bits of new material to things that you already know. Using pre-reading techniques helps you to develop these connections. 42 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Basic Paragraph Structure; Teaching the Main Idea
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 4: 20-Minute Reading (Practice Advanced Pre Viewing Techniques with Paragraphs)
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Types of Reading Material

As you evaluate your reading habits and purposes, you will discover there are a number of reasons for reading anything. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Left Brain / Right Brain; Types of Reading
  • Take Poll: Reading Material
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 5: 20-Minute Reading (Practice Reading Technical Material )
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Develop Ability to Anticipate and Predict

Improving your comprehension is based on the way you approach your material. 43 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Making Predictions; Read Like a Reader
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 6: 20-Minute Reading (Practice Interactive Reading)
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Vocabulary

One of the very best ways to prepare for a reading comprehension exam, or to improve your overall reading comprehension, is to work to improve your vocabulary. 42 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 7: 20-Minute Reading (Practice Expanding Your Vocabulary)
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Common Organizational Patterns

When you begin to understand the organizational nature of material that you are reading, you can begin to anticipate its flow. 42 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Organizational Patterns of Paragraphs; The Parts of a Plot
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 8: 20-Minute Reading (Practice Identifying Organizational Structures in Readings)
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Annotation

Being an interactive reader means you approach your reading with questions in your mind. 43 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Annotate; Strategies to Teach Reading Comprehension
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 9: 20-Minute Reading (Practice Annotation)
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Main Idea/Theme

The main idea of any reading is learned by reading with a questioning mind to determine what the author is trying to say to you. 42 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Identifying Topics and Main Ideas
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 10: 20-Minute Reading
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Anticipation in Reading

In this lesson, we will discuss three specific methods of presenting information that requires you to interact with the author. 43 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Anticipation Guides
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 11: 20-Minute Reading
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Writing Styles

Some reading situations require that you figure out what the writer is trying to say by understanding the cause (the person or thing that makes something happen) and the resulting effect (the thing that happens as a result of the cause.) 43 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Reading Comprehension Questions; Reading Comprehension Techniques
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 12: 20-Minute Reading (change reading material)
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Perspective

This lesson deals with perspective, or point of view, a strategy that writers use to more accurately convey their meaning to their readers. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: First Person Narrative
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 13: 20-Minute Reading
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Language and Style

This lesson will cover one more aspect of reading comprehension, language and style, before we move on to improving your reading speed, which will help you get through some of the mandatory reading you're required to do for either school or your job. 44 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: Identifying Style and Tone
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 14: 20-Minute Reading (change reading material)
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Increasing Your Reading Speed - I

Learning speed-reading techniques applies to people who need to increase their reading speed. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Improve your Reading Speed; Speed Reading
  • Take Poll: Reading Speed
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 15: 20-Minute Reading (Practice Reading with your Peripheral Vision)
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam

Lesson 16: Increasing Your Reading Speed - II

Speed-reading is best done when you start with material that is easy for you to read, where it may not matter quite as much how much of the material you comprehend. 89 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Improving Reading Speed; Reading Speed and Comprehension
  • Take Poll: What do you think about this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Reading Comprehension 101
Course Number: 8900121
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional Development
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Daphnee St.Val
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what reading comprehension is.
  • Describe the four modes of reading.
  • Describe pre-reading techniques.
  • Know types of reading material.
  • Develop the ability to anticipate and predict.
  • Recognize common organizational patterns in reading materials.
  • Define annotation and main idea/theme.
  • Recognize different writing styles and how to address your comprehension needs.
  • Know perspective, language and style when increasing your comprehension in reading.
  • Identify techniques you can use to increase your reading speed and overall comprehension, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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