The Art Of Reading

874 Words May 4th, 2015 4 Pages
Jeremy Lutz
5/4/15
Mrs. Bowen
The Art of Reading
Reading has shifted the culture and social atmosphere of society from the beginning of time. Reading started as a form of communication then became a necessity as civilizations grew. People depended upon reading to foster intellectual growth throughout their traditions as early as 40,000 years ago. From this great historical timeline of books, come the early literary masterpieces such as The Iliad, The Odyssey, and more profound books still applied today in the learning of literature in the modern era. As well as later classic books such as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, 1984, and Lord of the Flies all produce an insightful effect upon the reader. Theses genius books that form the literary canon not only provide us with valuable literary skills such as reading comprehension and understanding complex sentence structures, but also give us insight into the forever changing history of the past while shaping the future.
Comprehension. The actual definition of this word is “the ability to understand” (Merriam-Webster). Humans gain this ability through the practice of reading. Reading more constitutes learning more. In a study conducted by Dr. Reid Lyon, a research psychologist and serves as Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch, she found that people who read more gain oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to “read perceptively, think critically, and research and analyze problems”…
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