ERIC Number: ED154346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reading for Survival or How to Teach Your Students to Function in Society.
James, Bobby M.
Government survey results reveal that large numbers of adults in the United States do not possess the minimal survival and life-coping skills necessary to function successfully in daily living. Since reading is the most basic of all life survival skills, a thematic reading that emphasized consumer survival was developed in the fall of 1977 at South Plains College, Levelland, Texas. The course stresses the following skills: reading for main ideas in articles that discuss basic rights under the law, how laws are made, and equal credit opportunities: reading to identify supporting details in insurance policies, loan disclosure documents, and employment contracts; skimming and scanning to pick up pertinent information in telephone books, dictionaries, and classified advertisements; reading written instructions on medicine labels, bank deposits, and job applications; and reading maps, graphs, and charts. The principle of evaluating written material for applicable knowledge, rather than pure factual recall, is stressed throughout all of the exercises. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Western College Reading Association (11th, Long Beach, California, March 16-19, 1978)