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READING ACADEMIC TEXTS

Review
Name:_____________________________________ Code:_______________ Program:____________________
Class:____________________________ Date:________________________
Use your reading strategies to answer the following activities.

Why the Brain Prefers Paper

Taken and adapted from: http://twosidesus.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/scientific-american-why-the-brain-prefers-paper/

There is good news for those who enjoy paper and print! An article in the
2recent November 2013 issue of Scientific American magazine clearly
3supports what we already know: most people understand and remember text
4better when read on paper rather than a screen. According to the article,
5while e-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as these technologies
6improve, reading on paper has many advantages.
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Since the 1980s, there have been more than 100 comparative studies in the
8United States, U.K. Taiwan, Sweden, Norway, France and Japan to explore
9differences of how people read and comprehend on paper versus
10screens. While technology has continued to improve, it still hasnt reached
11the comprehension level of traditional paper users. What we have learned
12from these studies is that readers prefer real paper over its electronic
13counterpart and achieve high levels of comprehension and retention with
14paper.
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In the article, researchers agree that screen-based reading can dull


16comprehension because it is more mentally taxing and even physically tiring
17that reading on paper. E-ink reflects ambient light just like the ink on a
18paper book, but computer screens, smart phones and tablets shine light
20directly on peoples faces. Prolonged reading on glossy, self-illuminated
21screens can cause eyestrain, headaches and blurred vision. In an experiment
22by Erik Wastlund, then at Karlstad University in Sweden, people who took a
23reading comprehension test on a computer scored lower and reported higher
24levels of stress and tiredness than people who completed it on paper.
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1. Vocabulary/understanding:
1. Translate the following words.
1. E-readers
2. Counterpart
3. Retention
4. Dull
5. Mentally taxing

2. Questions :
A. What is the text about?
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B. Give a different tittle for the text:
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C. Explain the main idea of each paragraph
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2._____________________________________________________________________________________
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3._____________________________________________________________________________________
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D. In your own words what is the authors position about the topic (Pro/Con).
Give supporting ideas.
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3. Define in your own words the following terms:


-Screen-based reading:_________________________________________________________________
-E-Ink:___________________________________________________________________________________
4. Referents: In the text, the word it refers to:
Line 10

Line 16

Line 24

5. Cognates: Translate the following sentences containing cognates.


a) The group of executives rest after the meeting.
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b) The rest of people are waiting for them.
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c) He hurt his arm.
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d) The officers arm the troop
6. Use the words in capitals to form a word that fits in the space in the same
line .
I.E. Detroit is renowned for the

production

My history teacher has a vast

of cars.
of past events.

You are never too old to go to college and gain some


My greatest

PRODUCE
KNOW

QUALIFY

was graduating from the university.

ACHIEVE

7. Dictionary use: look at the dictionary page and answer.


A. How many syllables are there in the word abirritant?_____________________________
B. What is the meaning of abjuration?
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C. What is the etymology of the word abject?
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D. According to the text ablate refers to:
1. To quit

2. To sign out

3. To move out