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What Makes A Good Reader?
Reading Comprehension Skills
November, 2005, by The Critical Thinking Co.™ Staff

Reading is about so much more than sounding out vowels and consonants, differentiating adjectives from adverbs, and recognizing punctuation marks. Those things all make up an understanding of language but they do not further understanding. Without comprehension, reading is limited to the reading of traffic signs and menus.

Being able to recognize and pronounce every word in a book is admirable--especially if Tolstoy is the author--but it is only the first step. Reading is a means of exposing oneself to new ideas, of building on prior knowledge, and of understanding the world around us. Reading comprehension requires logic, empathy, depth of analysis, contextual reasoning, and much more. It is the foundation on which education is built.

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