ABE Lab

Springfield Adult Learning Center

Reading

1. Author's Position

Learn how to identify a writer's stance on the issue at hand.

Author's Position

2. Author's Viewpoint Lesson

Learn how the words an author uses can reveal his or her point of view.

Author's Viewpoint Lesson

3. Author's Purpose & Point of View Activity

Answer each question about the author's purpose or point of view. Click on the star icon after completing the assignment to check your answers.

Authors write for many different reasons. Below are three common objectives that writers attempt to achieve in their work:

  • To Entertain
  • To Persuade
  • To Inform
Author's Purpose & Point of View Activity

4. Determining Word Meanings

Learn to identify the prefix and suffix of an unfamiliar word to better understand its definition.

Determining Word Meanings

5. Identify the Correct Prefix

Determine the prefix for each word in parentheses that best completes the sentence. A prefix is a group of letters that is added to the beginning of a word to change its meaning. Consider the following example:

Jack __________ our tickets for the concert tomorrow night. (ordered)

  • A: de-
  • B: pre-
  • C: mis-
  • D: under-

The answer is option B because the prefix pre- means 'before.' Jack preordered the tickets by purchasing them before the concert. You may want to review the above video on determining word meanings.

Identify the Correct Prefix

6. Identify the Correct Suffix

Determine the suffix for each word in parentheses that best completes the sentence. A suffixis a group of letters that is added to the end of a word to change its meaning. Consider the following example:

Christine has worked at the store __________ than Sam. (long)

  • A: -or
  • B: -ness
  • C: -ing
  • D: -er

The answer is option D because the suffix -er means 'more.' Christine has spent more time working because she was employed first. Therefore, Christine has worked longer than Sam. You may want to review the above video on determining word meanings.

Identify the Correct Suffix

7. Fact or Opinion

Learn to identify the difference between fact and opinion in written text.

Fact or Opinion

8. Fact or Opinion: Question Set 1

Identify whether each sentence is fact or opinion. After selecting the above link, click on the orange button to start the activity. You may want to review the above video on fact or opinion.

  • A fact is a statement that can be proven to be true with evidence.
  • An opinion is a statement that people believe or feel to be true.
Fact or Opinion: Question Set 1

9. Fact or Opinion: Question Set 2

Identify whether each sentence is fact or opinion. Click the star icon after completing the assignment to check your answers. You may want to review the above video on fact or opinion.

  • A fact is a statement that can be proven to be true with evidence.
  • An opinion is a statement that people believe or feel to be true.
Fact or Opinion: Question Set 2

10. Fact or Opinion: Question Set 3

Identify whether each sentence is fact or opinion. Click the star icon after completing the assignment to check your answers. You may want to review the above video on fact or opinion.

  • A fact is a statement that can be proven to be true with evidence.
  • An opinion is a statement that people believe or feel to be true.
Fact or Opinion: Question Set 3

11. Fact or Opinion: Question Set 4

Identify whether each sentence is fact or opinion. Click the star icon after completing the assignment to check your answers. You may want to review the above video on fact or opinion.

  • A fact is a statement that can be proven to be true with evidence.
  • An opinion is a statement that people believe or feel to be true.
Fact or Opinion: Question Set 4

12. Historical Context

Learn to identify how writing can be affected by the historical period during which it was written.

Historical Context

13. Identifying a Logical Conclusion

Learn to identify the conclusion in a piece of writing. This can help you determine whether you agree or disagree with the writer.

Identifying a Logical Conclusion

14. Inference

Learn about making inferences while reading a piece of text.

Inference

15. Inference Practice

Answer the questions by making inferences from each passage.

Inference Practice

16. Theme

Learn to identify the lesson or moral embedded in a piece of literature.

Theme

17. Topics & Main Ideas

Learn to recognize the main subject of a text. Also, learn to identify the most important points it's trying to make.

Theme