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Reading Module #1
On Your Own
This activity in Reading Module 1 gives you two reading passages to practice applying the Active Reading Strategies you have learned.
Directions: Complete the activity by reading each passage and answering the questions. Do not forget to spell check and proofread your work. When you have completed this activity, please upload it to the Dropbox for this week.
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.
Using the Predicting Strategy
Read the title and first sentence. Now predict what you think the passage will be about.
| Your prediction about the passage:
Now read the whole paragraph:
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 U.S. 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...
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