Reading Comprehension 08 - Factual 3
Upper Primary School is not the only place learning is important! It is possible that you have visited different states in India and you find yourself stumped because you don’t understand the language. For instance, you could be from Kolkata and you know Bengali and English. If you visited your cousin in Chennai you might find them speaking Tamil. You wouldn't understand a word of what they said, much less what they wrote! Factual reports or fictional stories would mean nothing to you. This is where the importance of reading comprehension is highlighted.
You must know the language to understand what the speaker is saying. But even if you know the language, still you may not fully understand what is being said. Thus, reading comprehension is very important in communication. It is absolutely vital that you comprehend what is being spoken or written.
In your daily life you come across various stimuli such as factual reports in newspapers, articles in magazines or emails in your inbox. You may also be looking for jobs in advertisements or searching advertisements for something you want to buy or find information about. You may have to follow certain laws enacted by the government. You may have watched a cricket match and want to read about it in the next day’s newspaper. You might want to read your favourite Tinkle comic or read the latest Harry Potter book. For all these activities you need to be a good reader and able to comprehend what is written.
The ability to comprehend can be honed based on what is written. For instance, news reports are generally factual and relate to events that have taken place. Articles are sometimes opinions expressed by the author. Again, we may see some debates between two people who write for and against a particular topic that is important to people. In all these cases you need to understand what is being written. Especially, when it comes to factual information. You must learn to understand the facts correctly. In order to help you assess your capabilities in reading comprehension we have devised the following quiz based on the passage that appears below.