Category Archives: Reading

The Cacti: Reading Practice 3 (explanation)

By | March 22, 2015

The cacti (singular: cactus) evolved a whole suite of adaptations to survive living in the desert. How do they survive? While most plants open up their stomata – little pores in their skin that open and close to collect carbon dioxide – during the day, cacti and other nocturnal plants such as the agaves and aloes open their… Read More »

Hummingbirds: Reading Practice 4 (report)

By | March 21, 2015

Hummingbird is a common name for any of the more than 300 species of a family of small birds found in the Americas. The hummingbird family contains the smallest of all birds; many species are less than 8 cm (3 in) in overall length. The smallest species is the bee hummingbird of Cuba. Males are slightly smaller than… Read More »

Floods: Reading Practice 2 (explanation)

By | March 21, 2015

Floods are second only to fire as the most common of all natural disasters. They occur almost everywhere in the world, resulting in widespread damage and even death. Consequently, scientists have long tried to perfect their ability to predict floods. So far, the best that scientists can do is to recognize the potential for flooding in certain conditions.… Read More »

Silkworm Caterpillars: Reading Practice 1 (explanation)

By | March 20, 2015

Silkworms live for only two or three days after laying eggs. About 36,000 to 50,000 eggs are laid, and these are carefully stored at the silkworm farm until they are ready to hatch. The eggs hatch into caterpillars, which feed on mulberry leaves. Soon, the caterpillars are ready to spin their cocoons. Not all caterpillars can spin silk… Read More »

Explanation

By | March 20, 2015

What is an explanation text? Exlanation text is a piece of writing that answers the questions ‘how’ or ‘why’. These questions usually have something to do with particular phenomenon. This text is focused on answering questions like how a rainbow forms, how a bicycle works, how seasons change, why the sky is blue, why leaves are green, etc.… Read More »

The Pros and Cons of School Uniforms: Reading Practice 1 (discussion)

By | February 15, 2015

Researchers are divided over how much of an impact – if any – dress policies have upon student learning. A 2004 book makes the case that uniforms do not improve school safety or academic discipline. A 2005 study, on the other hand, indicates that in some Ohio high schools uniforms may have improved graduation and attendance rates, although… Read More »

Discussion

By | February 14, 2015

What is a discussion text? The following illustration will help you understand what a discussion text is. Picture in your mind two teams of students in an English class debating about a problematic or controversial issue, an important issue that raises pros and cons, e.g. abortion. Team A is for abortion, while Team B is against it. Team… Read More »