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Name Week 1 On Your Own for 092 Directions: After reading the assigned passage, apply the five active reading strategies by filling in your answers in the boxes for each passage below. Please spell check and proofread your work. Follow course instructions for submission. Reading #1: “The lie behind those gloomy national polls” by Michael Medved of USA Today. Source: The Week, October 19, 2007 Ask Americans how they feel about the world, said Michael Medved, and they wind up with a paradox. By staggering majorities, people tell pollsters that they disapprove of both Congress and the President, and two out of three say the US is headed “in the wrong direction.” Yet when asked about their own lives, “Americans express overwhelming contentment and dazzling confidence.” A recent Harris poll found that more than nine out of 10 people are satisfied “with the life you lead,” with 56 percent choosing the highest category “very satisfied.” Almost everyone expects life to be better in the next five years. Somehow, Americans feel that they personally live in a “sun-kissed, optimistic island of happiness,” while the country at large is going to hell. How can this be? It’s actually not that surprising, given that we spend, on average, 30 hours a week immersed in television. On both the news and entertainment shows, the world is presented as rife with crime, terrorism, death, sexual depravity, personal humiliation, and bitter political conflict. Self-serving politicians add to the “prevailing gloom” by emphasizing problems and exaggerating threats. The real American story, though, is the one we live, in which people are making steady economic progress and life is mostly good—and always better than it was yesterday. Predicting Read the title and first sentence. Now predict what you think the passage will be about. Answer: I believe that the reading will reveal a different truth behind the national polls. Questioning As you read the paragraph: 1. Do you find anything confusing, or that you wonder about? 2. Are there words you don’t know? What are they? 3. Is a sentence confusing? Which sentence or sentences? Answers: In this reading I don’t find anything confusing, I do wonder about how current the national polls are and if they show different results now. There weren’t any words in the reading that I didn’t know or didn’t understand the meaning to. I wasn’t confused about any sentences in the reading. Making Connections As you read the paragraph: 1. Can you make connections to anything you read about in the passage? 2. Do you remember feeling the same way? 3. What happened? Answers: I can make connections to the reading, because as an American I do feel sometimes that there might be a more positive outlook on society today. I still feel like there will be a change, and I still have hope. Even though everyday on television, and in everyday life I see violence and warfare throughout the country. Visualizing What can you see, or visualize as you read? Answer: I visualize as I read watching the news everyday and seeing the different events throughout the country. Such as the different murders and protesting. Summarizing As you read the paragraph: 1. Write a summary of the paragraph. 2. Develop one or two sentences that describe what you read about in the paragraph. Answers: When asked Americans feel as if our country is headed in the wrong direction. But when taking polls they are satisfied with their way of living. It seems like even though Americans have reality directly in their face every single day. They still have hope that there will be a better tomorrow. Reading #2: Dieters Take Note Source: www.workingmother.com (Oct. 2007) Eating out can sabotage your weight-loss plan. Dieters and binge eaters ate between 226 and 253 extra calories and 10 to 16 extra grams of fat on days when they dined out, according to a new University of Texas study. Whether or not you’re on a diet, make sure you don’t overdo it the next time you’re eating out with these simple tips: Avoid fried foods and sugary drinks, especially soda. Fill up on veggies or salad with dressing on the side before the entrée comes. Get a take-home box when you get your meal and put half your food in it right away to keep it out of sight and prevent mindless overeating. Skip the rich dessert in favor of fresh fruit. Predicting Read the title and first sentence. Now predict what you think the passage will be about. Answer: I believe that this reading will be about how eating out is very unhealthy for you. Questioning As you read the paragraph: 1. Do you find anything confusing, or that you wonder about? 2. Are there words you don’t know? What are they? 3. Is a sentence confusing? Which sentence or sentences? Answers: I don’t find anything confusing about the passage. I did wonder about if you’re dieting why you would eat out. I don’t understand why the passage is focused on eating out, when the title is about dieting. Most dieters try to avoid eating out. Making Connections As you read the paragraph: 1. Can you make connections to anything you read about in the passage? 2. Do you remember feeling the same way? 3. What happened? Answers: When reading the passage I can definitely make a connection. Because I know that when eating fried foods and drinking sugary sodas that my calorie intake is high. Once I took a nutrition class and before then I was totally blind to calorie intakes. But once I took the class I almost died when I realized how many calories that I was in taking when eating fried foods. Visualizing What can you see, or visualize as you read? Answer: When reading the passage I visualize a big whopper from Burger King. Summarizing As you read the paragraph: 1. Write a summary of the paragraph. 2. Develop one or two sentences that describe what you read about in the paragraph. Answers: When dieting if you eat out it can totally sabotage your healthy diet. If you decide to eat out try to avoid foods that are fried, or foods that are high in sugar. And instead of eating a high calorie food, try to substitute it with a salad or fruit; Also try to cut down your food intake.
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