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Chapter 5: Reading and Comprehension
It took reading specialists many years to realize that understanding what you read and reading itself require two different processes. There are children who can read but cannot understand, and there are children who cannot read well because of some problem with speech but who, nevertheless, can understand through silent reading.
Reading involves decoding words and identifying the sound that must accompany the printed word. Reading as word decoding is used in the translation of spelling to speech. So, do the two aspects of reading require some abilities that are common? Does understanding what we read involve some abilities similar to those required when reading words?
One of the first things to ...