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"How To Read A Book"

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Introduction

"How To Read A Book" Is an excellent book written to teach its readers to do exactly what the title says read a book. The authors Adler and Doren go into great detail as to the different levels, tools, and methods to reading books. It is written for those to get information, for learning, and research. If the only reading one dose is right before bed, then this probably will be a long read that may not have any other purpose then to help get one to sleep. Adler and Doren explain that it is because of the new technology of radio and television that a book like this is in need of being read. They also touch on the approaches of the public education system in teaching its students to read and how they have gotten to where they are now. This book is broken into four parts and to follow suit this report will be as well. Elementary reading is the most basic type of reading. The authors discuss the need for functional literacy. This type of reading is what is learned in elementary school. It is basic grammar, the ability to sound words out and relate them to objects. This chapter looks at the history of language education in the U.S. as well as the different schools of thought in teaching it. Inspectional reading is basically speed reading or skimming. ...read more.

Middle

Is it a novel? Is it historical? Is it science? Sometimes it's obvious and sometimes it isn't. Before starting it is a good idea to at least have some idea of the content, by reading the title, the back cover or maybe reading through it a little. The next step is to figure out what the book is saying and how it is saying it. This can be done by using one of the rules already discussed, by taking notes on the chapters. Once the notes are assembled, it is easer to see the basic structure of what is being said. Consider the main idea of every piece of the book and the reader will eventually get to what the book is all about. Understanding where the author is coming from is the next point Adler and Doren stress. It is important to figure out the mindset or the passion the book was written out of to fully grasp the viewpoint of the author. Once this is done it easer to understand the tone of the writing better. This leads to the next step, the message. It is important to understand the authors take on the subject he is writing. Adler and Doren give some questions to ask when looking at what the message is. These questions are as follows: is there any sarcasm concerning any of the points being made? ...read more.

Conclusion

After reading them, the goal is to come up with a personal idea of the topic that is not specifically stated in any one work. Doing this well is the ultimate goal in the quest for becoming a better reader. This is the pinnacle of reading to educate one self. The authors say over and over in the book that reading is learned and that the levels mentioned build upon each other and are inclusive not exclusive in nature. The end result is Synoptical reading. I have found this book to be helpful, educational and very complete in its content. I had never thought of myself as a good reader, so it was refreshing to read a book that challenges and teaches its readers to read well. I also found it interesting that some of the tools that they go over when they discuss reading analytically I do. I like to underline or write in the margins, but never really new how to use that practice for its full potential. I like to think after reading this book I do. I also look forward to using the skills taught within this book in my word study. To understand this book well one might have to read it twice. Once to get the information, and twice to apply it to the book itself in order to really get a good working knowledge of the content. What at first seemed like a long dry book, turned out to be well worth the read. ...read more.

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