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READING
COMPREHENSION
SUCCESS
IN 20 MINUTES A DAY

3rd Edition

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NEW

YORK

Copyright © 2005 LearningExpress, LLC.
All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions.
Published in the United States by LearningExpress, LLC, New York.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data:
Reading comprehension success in 20 minutes a day.—3rd ed.
p. cm.
ISBN 1-57685-494-9 (paper)
1. Reading comprehension—Problems, exercises, etc. I. Title. II. Title: Reading
comprehension success in twenty minutes a day.
LB1050.45.C45 2005
428.4—dc22
2005047184
Printed in the United States of America
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Contents

INTRODUCTION How to Use This Book

ix

PRETEST

1

BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION
LESSON 1

Getting the Essential Information
How to be an active reader, picking up clues in what you read

19

LESSON 2

Finding the Main Idea
Looking beyond the facts, considering the author’s motive

27

LESSON 3

Defining Vocabulary in Context
Dealing with unfamiliar words without a dictionary

33

LESSON 4

The Difference between Fact and Opinion
Distinguishing between what an author knows and what an author
believes to be true

39

LESSON 5

Putting It All Together
Practice in combining the skills you’ve learned in Lessons 1–4

45

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STRUCTURE
LESSON 6

Start from the Beginning: Chronological Order
Working through passages that start at the beginning and finish at the end
of a sequence of events

53

LESSON 7

Order of Importance
Using the order in the writing to determine what is most important to the author

61

LESSON 8

Similarities and Differences: Compare and Contrast
Using comparisons to determine the author’s attitude

67

LESSON 9

Why Do Things Happen? A Look at Cause and Effect
The relationship between action and reaction

73

LESSON 10

Being Structurally Sound: Putting It All Together
Reviews Lessons 6–9, including identifying the structure used;
practice with combined structures

81

LANGUAGE AND STYLE
LESSON 11

A Matter of Perspective: Point of View
Purposes of first-, second-, and third-person writing

89

LESSON 12

Diction: What’s in a Word?
Defining tone from the choice of words

95

LESSON 13

Style: It’s Not What They Say but How They Say It
Sentence structure; degree of detail, description, a...
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COMPREHENSION
SUCCESS
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