Why I Love Reading
You know how people have different things they do to “escape”? Well, reading is my version of escaping. I like to read anytime; when I’m feeling happy, or down, or just simply want to be alone. I love reading because when reading different books it gives me different points of views on how the characters in books deal with life. Some of the books I can completely relate to and other books are so cliche but, I read it anyway simply for entertainment. Even when I don’t have any new books to read I may reread my old books or I may even read on my phone! I think reading is great and it definitely helps expand my vocabulary. A couple of my favorite books are Insurgent, The Book Thief, The Maze Runner, and The Enemy are just a few of my favorite books and I highly recommend that if your’e teen then you should check those books out.
By Sabriyah Abdullah, freshman in high school
Reading comprehension skills separates the “passive” unskilled reader from the “active” readers. Skilled readers don’t just read they interact with the text(Miamioh.edu) Reading comprehension is like the meat or vegetables on a sub sandwich, if you do not understand what you are reading then, you are just simply word calling, just like if you don’t have the meat or vegetables all you have is a plain sub bun. This is why learning reading comprehension strategies is so crucial when it comes to helping your child get over ‘struggling reader’s mountain’. In doing my’ handy dandy’research I have come across some very helpful strategies that I believe can help not only your young beginning readers but, also adults who may have reading comprehension struggles as well.
- Making connections. Making connections occur when you hook new information from a text to information you already know. Making connections can happen in three ways. First, is Text to self which is when you make the connection between you and your experiences in the book. Second, is text to text, which is when you make a connection between the book you are reading and other books you have read. Third, is text to the world which is when you make a connection from what you are reading to things in the world.
- Retelling. This is when a reader can retell important parts of a story in her own words. For example, you could tell your child to draw pictures of what happened in the story from the beginning, middle and end.
- Asking Questions. This is a great tool for readers to increase their comprehension skills. For example, when you are reading aloud to your child you could periodically ask them questions during the story to make sure they understand what the story is about.
- Making predictions. Making predictions is a great way to test how well you are understanding the story. For example, the parent, teacher or tutor who is reading aloud could ask what do you think will happen next in the story or, before the story they could ask what do you think will happen and,then have a discussion at the end of story to see if your predictions were correct.
- Have a notebook,pen or pencil while you are reading or being read to. This is definitely a great strategy because you are able to write down questions that you may have about the story or if you are reading by yourself you could jot down words that you don’t know the meaning of which will actually help you get a bigger grasp of what the author was saying and, also you will see your vocabulary increase exponentially.
Hero of Haiti!
Jean-Jacques Dessalines was born September 20, 1758 into slavery in the French colony of Saint Domingue. His parents were Congolese. Before he adopted the name Dessalines he was called Duclos after his plantation owner. Then he was bought by a free black landowner and that’s when he was given the name Dessalines after his owner. It has been said the harsh way that Dessalines ruled came from the way he was treated when he was enslaved. Even though he was illiterate, he could not read or write, he learned quickly on how to become a fierce fighter when he was second in command under Toussaint L’Overture. He was given the nick name Tiger for his ferocious fighting skills and, he was able to help Toussaint capture the Spanish controlled eastern part of the Island of Saint Domingue. Unfortunately, after L’Ouverture was caught by the French, Dessalines had a great plan that led to the Independence of Saint Domingue. He pretended to side with the French so he could get insurgents and he was very successful. After the independence of the island was won he changed the name from Saint Domingue to Haiti which means ‘land of the mountains’. Then on January 1, 1804 the Haitian Declaration of Independence was signed by Dessalines. Shortly thereafter he changed his title to emperor and his wife Claire-Heureuse became empress. Dessalines was a true strategist, he worried that there would be slavery again and that the French would try to take over Haiti, so he ordered a massacre of 5,000 white men, women and children, saying “I have saved my country. I have avenged America.” Two of the generals who were influenced by Dessalines, Alexandre Petion and Henri Christophe did not agree with what Dessalines ordered. Finally, on October 17, 1806 Dessalines was killed by two of his own lieutenants. His legacy and heroism is still celebrated in Haiti and around the world.