Here's a crucial resource for junior and senior high students to teach them how to comprehend different types of books. By the time students reach the upper grades, we hope that their reading speed is sufficient for them to learn. But speed isn’t everything. Sometimes, especially with textbooks, the tendency is to see the words, but not really READ what is seen. As Francis Bacon put it, we need to “read … to weigh and consider.”
Every article, poem, book, and even printed advertisement not only carries information, but also projects a way of looking at life. In this book, the author helps readers detect not only what writers say, but what lies behind what they say. A careful reading of any book requires that we seek out the author’s viewpoint. What is this author’s larger philosophical commitment? What does he/she think life is about? Any written material should be sifted, probed, and its worldview exposed.
That is the purpose of this book. It goes beyond simple comprehension of the information contained in the writing. It helps the reader recognize assumptions, critique and evaluate what is written, and think through the material – not merely ingesting it “hook, line, and sinker.” As such, it is a vital resource for any high school student, particularly those bound for college. Every adult needs to read this book as well in order to truly understand what is being read and guard against the subtle influences of humanism that pervade our culture.
How to Read Slowly
Publisher: Harold Shaw Publishers
Page Count: 179
Author: James W. Sire
Age: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, adult
Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12