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Teaching Tips: Reading Comprehension Basic

Try these tips with the following Merit programs: Reading Skill Builder, Complete English Web Suite and Intensive Reading Web Suite.

  • For best results we recommend that students use these programs 20 to 25 minutes a session – two to three times a week – for six to eight weeks, and probably more, in conjunction with other methods of instruction.
  • Login to Merit, choose Reading Skill Builder, Level 1, Unit 1.
  • Complete “Tryout” (If you score over 90%, move up to Level 2, Unit 1’s “Tryout” for more challenge).
  • Do two or more “Warm-up” skills that you want to work on.
  • Complete the “Workout” round and then the “Finals.”
  • Review your progress in the Online Portfolio menu in Merit. What have you improved upon already? What areas do you need to work on more?
  • Move up to the higher levels of Reading Skill Builder when you are ready. If you move up to a level and it is too difficult, you can move down and redo levels you have already completed.
  • For a change of pace, use Merit Vocabulary modules on an as needed basis.
  • Login to Merit, choose Confused Words Fix-Up, Level 1, Unit 1 or Vocabulary Stretch Level 1, Unit 1 – Learn. Compete “Tryout” (If you score over 85%, move up to the next highest levels).

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