Monday, May 24, 2004

The 2nd Book Fair Share "Developing Reading Skills"

Developing Reading Skills

Author: Linda R. MarksteinFormat: PaperbackISBN: 0838449875Publish Date: 3/1/1994Publisher: Heinle & Heinle Publishers Dimensions (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 0.25TPages: 193Edition Number: 2


Developing Reading Skills contains five units, which includes various scopes of culture background knowledge. It introduced Names and Naming Customs, Cities, Education, Sports, and Family Choices in three passages individually. In addition, the author, Linda Markstein has added a considerate glossary page behind the book. We can look up and learn the new words whenever we need in spite of we don’t have a dictionary alongside. However, the author printed an advice in front of each unit to inform the readers not to stop to look up new words during the first reading and to keep going at their own speed. The book was designed for both EFL and ESL students to take an overview at the distinction of how a custom or a policy differing from each other and their mutual relationships in the worldwide countries.


An easy-read book provides lots of information about culture and education. The thoughtful author urges the reading skills for readers over and over again, which is the feature of the book. Step by step, I have been used to follow its rules. They are: don’t look up new words at first reading, read second time and look them up in the glossary, read third time as quickly as you can. Somehow, it works. I think it helps out for my reading skill, but the other activities make it difficult for me to interpret and enjoy the reading, because the questions don’t have an answer in the book. Next time, when I choose a reading material, I will heed the detail.

Ten questions from Po Bronson's book: What Should I Do with My Life


Below includes my answers~
What's Next for You?

1. How have my parents' expectations affected my choices?
before:yes ; now:no

2. What are my assumptions about money?
money is always necessary when we are living in the real world. however, I'm not greedy.

3. With whom should I surround myself?

4. How much power does my environment have over me?

5. How have I been trapped by success?
more than "I" think.

6. Am I willing to spend years before letting my dream manifest itself?
No! I would like to find my real calling now and by myself.

7. What assumptions did I make when I was young about what I'm good at or not good at?
good: work hard ; not good: deploma

8. Am I afraid of looking inward?
of course! everybody afraid of looking their inward, because most people are doing what they don't really like.

9. Am I willing to spend years looking for an answer?
yes, if only I can find the answer out.

10. What am I naturally curious about?
A teacher.

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Meg has answered my questions in reading Shiloh

Hi Nigel~ I'll do my best.

1. I've never heard the phrase "bellyful ideas" before and am not sure that is an accurate use of the term. The only way I've ever heard bellyfull would be to describe a feeling of over eating or to say, "I've had a bellyfull of your complaining and I'm not going to listen anymore." Bellyfull, meaning too much. Bellyache, on the other hand, could be used to describe a feeling of being sick to your stomach or to describe complaining, i.e., "stop your bellyaching, we'll be home soon."

2. A doe is a deer, yes. Fawn is a small deer and is also a color. Fawn can also mean to dote on someone or be very attentive to them. "John fawns all over Anne when she is pregnant."

3. A groundhog (or woodchuck) is the North American variety of the marmot. I guess what that means is, they are one and the same animal.

4. A detour is an alternative route. So, for example if the road to your house is undergoing construction or there has been an accident and it is blocking the road, you may have to go down an alley to get home. You can take a detour around the construction or accident. You can also detour your thoughts on something. Say you think all cows are brown and I show you a picture of a black and white cow, you may say that detoured my thoughts on cows (bad example, but I hope you get the idea).

5. You example of slink is fine, it presents an image of the bugular creeping around the house. Sneak would be similar in this example only maybe the image would be like tip-toeing around. Slink can also be used to describe clingy clothing. "She glided into the room in her slinky red dress." She would not wear a sneaky dress. Sneak or sneak describes someone trying to go undiscovered. Sneak is also a term used for a liar. I guess the best way to determine a difference between sneak and slink is intent. Slink is a slow, even movement (think of how a snake glides along) and sneak can be that too, but it usually associated with a negative.

Nigel, I hope this helps out. I made some suggestion to your paragraph below as well, but it actually read quite well. Hope all is going well with you in your studies.

Reading response journal:

Chapter1: Why does Marty think Shiloh hasn?t been treated well?

According to Shiloh's behavior on page 3 and 4, "just slinking along with his head down", "tail between his legs like he's hardly got the right to breath", C'mon, boy, I say, putting out my hand. The dog gets up and backs off. He don't even whimper, like he's lost his bark. and the like. To sum up, the answer exists in the conversation of Marty and his Dad: "Way the dog acts. Scared to pee, almost." (Page 7)

Comment of Shiloh chapter one:

Chapter one is the hardest part of a book, because it is where the most characters and character relationships are introduced. In Shiloh, I think the characters' heavy accents and slang make it difficult for me to interpret and enjoy the reading. It's a whole new experience. One important element in learning English is learning to distinquish the dissimilar various dialects. The most impressive part in chapter one is the debut of Shiloh, the beagle. He is such a sympathetic doggy, everyone can empathize with him. His owner, Mr. Judd Travers is not a dog-lover and it is implied he may have even abused Shiloh. Predictably, the mistreatment of animals and the fellowship between Marty and Shiloh will be the main point of the story's structure.

From Nigel