Reading and Writing Enhancement

This Award Winning Activ® interactive multimedia training program consists of six individual lessons. This program trains participants to improve reading and writing skills on the job through instruction and practice with realistic workplace applications. The program also includes a diagnostic pretest which can be used to place participants at the appropriate lesson in the program.

Procedures and Instructions


Prerequisites: This lesson is designed to improve existing reading and writing skills. Participants should know the letters of the alphabet, simple phonics, and basic word comprehension.

Description: This lesson uses typical workplace procedures and instructions to provide help with reading comprehension and writing skills. Reading skills addressed focus on sentence level comprehension as well as vocabulary improvement using word structure and context clues. Writing skills focus on choosing a main idea and sequencing. The lesson also explains how to use the dictionary as a reading/writing reference.

Objectives:

  • Identify the main idea and relevant details in a sentence
  • Determine the meaning of a new word using the root words, prefixes, and suffixes
  • Write complete sentence directions
  • Sequence a list of sentences properly
  • Use a dictionary to determine the spelling, pronunciation, and meaning of a word

Forms and Applications


Prerequisites: This lesson is designed to build on the skills presented in the first lesson of this program, Reading and Writing Procedures and Instructions.

Description: This lesson uses typical workplace forms and applications to provide instruction in reading comprehension and writing skills. Reading skills addressed focus on comprehension of single and multiple sentences as well as vocabulary improvement using word structure and context clues. Writing skills focus on selecting precise information to answer a question as well as basic punctuation. The lesson also explains how to scan a document to get a general overview of the content.

Objectives:

  • Comprehend single- and multiple-sentence descriptions
  • Use common root words, prefixes, and suffixes to help determine meaning from context using compare and contrast methods
  • Select precise information for a written response to a question
  • Capitalize words properly
  • Determine the purpose of a document by skimming and scanning it

Memos and Logs


Prerequisites: This lesson is designed to build on the skills presented in the second lesson of this program, Reading and Writing Forms and Applications.

Description: This lesson uses typical workplace memos and logs to provide instruction in reading comprehension and writing skills. Reading skills address paragraph-level comprehension as well as vocabulary improvement using word structure and context clues. Writing skills focus on the organization of the main idea and details in a paragraph. The lesson also explains how to use writing reference books for information about vocabulary or style.

Objectives:

  • Comprehend information conveyed in paragraphs
  • Determine the meaning of compound words
  • Determine meaning from context using examples in related sentences
  • Write a clear topic sentence and select supporting details for a paragraph
  • Use writing references such as a dictionary of synonyms or a style guide

Workplace Information Documents


Prerequisites: This lesson is designed to build on the skills presented in the third lesson of this program, Reading and Writing Memos and Logs.

Description: This lesson uses typical workplace information documents to provide instruction in reading comprehension and writing skills. Reading skills addressed focus on comprehension of single and multiple paragraphs as well as vocabulary improvement using word structure and context clues. Writing skills focus on organizing ideas into a multiple-paragraph document as well as editing and proofreading techniques. The lesson also explains how to read and interpret charts and graphs.

Objectives:

  • Comprehend single- and multiple-paragraph descriptions
  • Determine the meaning of common acronyms and abbreviations
  • Determine word meaning from context by integrating details from background information
  • Write a thesis statement and select and organize supporting details
  • Read and interpret charts and graphs

Reference Materials


Prerequisites: This lesson is designed to build on the skills presented in the fourth lesson of this program, Reading and Writing Workplace Information Documents.

Description: This lesson uses typical workplace reference materials to provide instruction in reading comprehension and writing skills. Reading skills addressed focus on comprehension of multiple paragraphs from one or more sources as well as vocabulary improvement using word structure and context clues. Writing skills focus on techniques for paraphrasing information and integrating information from several sources into a written summary. This lesson also explains how to use reference books focusing on features such as the index and bibliography.

Objectives:

  • Comprehend multiple-paragraph information from several related sources
  • Evaluate sources of information
  • Paraphrase information from a reference, and distinguish paraphrasing from plagiarism
  • Integrate and organize information from more than one source in a written document
  • Properly use quotation marks- and use reference book features such as tables of contents, indices, cross references, and bibliographies

Technical Manuals


Prerequisites: This lesson is designed to build on the skills presented in the fifth lesson of this program, Reading and Writing Reference Materials.

Description: This lesson uses typical workplace technical manuals to provide instruction in reading comprehension and writing skills. Reading skills addressed focus on comprehension of technical information presented in multiple paragraphs as well as vocabulary improvement using word structure and context clues. Writing skills focus on using facts and technical information to support a recommendation. The lesson also explains how to find a book in a library.

Objectives:

  • Comprehend information presented in technical manuals
  • Use context clues and reference books to determine the meaning of unknown technical terms
  • Apply a structured process for approaching difficult new reading material
  • Recognize fact and opinion
  • Use facts to support a thesis statement
  • Find a book in a library