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  1. How to Improve Your Critical Reading, Writing & Thinking Skills

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    Critical thinking, reading, and writing are among the most important skills necessary for succeeding in high school and college. Teachers will assume that their students already have mastered basic academic skills. Now they will expect them to take more responsibility for in depth learning by reading and evaluating information then writing their conclusions and opinions in a formal, organized style. These skills can be improved by using specific metacognitive strategies at each stage of the process

    1. Step 1

      Know the purpose of the critical exercise before beginning. Critical thinking and reading are done simultaneously, but require active participation. The ability to answer fact based questions about a novel or story is a form of simple comprehension, but does not indicate in depth the kind of understanding that is necessary for critical writing.

    2. Step 2

      Determine to read for meaning as well as for information. This requires the reader to make connections frequently by relating the story to their own experiences or to the world around them. When the reader has made a personal connection with the story, they will usually be able to understand it on an advanced level.

    3. Step 3

      Use comprehension strategies while reading. Critical thinkers preview texts and make predictions about the plot, characters, and action. They also ask questions and make inferences internally while they read. After reading, formulate an opinion about the author’s viewpoints as expressed through the characters and action. Ask questions such as: Was the author able to remain unbiased, or did the author convey his feelings and personality in the book? Were there specific places in the text that impacted your interpretation? This method of critical reading will guide you toward advanced comprehension of the text.

    4. Step 4

      Develop your thoughts in writing. Begin by stating the author’s main viewpoint as expressed in the theme and tone of the novel as well as in specific passages that can be referenced. Next, use a logical premise to present a critical opinion. For example, compare and contrast the author’s use of symbolic language. Discuss the author’s partiality toward specific types of people by analyzing the main characters. Keep in mind that the goal is not to summarize but to present specific parts of the text as evidence for opinions or opposing arguments.

    By Karen Hollowell

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  2. Proposed National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER) Bill

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    The HRD Ministry introduced the draft bill on creation of National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER) that will replace existing statutory bodies like University Grants commission (UGC), All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and National Council of Teachers Education (NCTE). Under criticism from his Cabinet colleagues, Union... Comment
  3. Making School Budget

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    Budget Budgeting is a process and plan for determining how money is to be raised and spent, as well as a document – the budget – developed and approved during the budgeting process. In more technical terms, a budget is a statement of the total educational program for a given... Comment
  4. Using Lateral Thinking Puzzles

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    Help Your student Become Smarter and More Confident Lateral thinking puzzles are basically the ability to solve problems using non-traditional methods in order to create and identify new concepts and ideas. By using puzzles, riddles, and other mind exercises, students are able to think of new ways to find solutions... Comment
  5. Summer Reading for Kids

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    Need some summer reading books? How about games and activities? Here are some fun ways for children to keep up with their reading during summer. Reading over the summer is a great way for kids to keep up with their reading skills, along with helping to build their vocabulary skills.... Comment

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