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The Importance of Reading

Why reading is important.


on 29 August 2017

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Transcript of The Importance of Reading

Why is reading
Why is reading
Reading makes you utilize your brain, which in turn:
Reading is a complex mental task
Improves concentration

Improves ability to pay attention

Improves ability to focus for longer periods of time
Albert Einstein suffered from a reading disorder and had a really hard time with school. He never gave up, and later became an outrageously successful inventor.
Did You Know?
Making time for books every day improves discipline and is shown to be personally rewarding over time.

Reading helps you to use and even improve your memory by remembering details, characters, plots, and more.
Reading improves discipline and memory
Marilyn Monroe
Walt Disney
Did you know?
had a really hard time with reading and suffered from dyslexia (a learning disorder that mostly affects reading).

He went on to become one of the most influential and innovative people in the entertainment field as we know it.
Reading more expands the amount of knowledge you have.

More knowledge leads to higher confidence

Higher confidence boosts self-esteem
Reading builds self-esteem
LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow
Helen Keller was deaf and blind.

She was the first deaf and blind person to attend and graduate college.

Helen wrote and published over 12 books!
Did you know?
Reading about new things challenges your brain to think in new ways.

Reading helps to develop the creative side of the brain by exposing it to unique or unfamiliar ideas.
Reading improves creativity
The Beatles
Was an avid reader.

Skipped 9th and 11th grade.

Entered college at age 15.

Got his Ph.D. at age 25.

Wrote multiple books, speeches and more.

Was the youngest man to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Did you know?
Reading is power.
Reading improves vocabulary
Reading challenging books will expose you to many new words.

With the help of a dictionary and context clues, you will be able to build your vocabulary in no time!
Actor Channing Tatum reading
wrote multiple books!
Did you know?
President Barack Obama
"If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep going, eventually you'll make progress"
Reading increases imagination
Reading strengthens and improves imagination by putting the brain in new situations.

Our brain processes descriptions by putting them into mental pictures.

This also reduces boredom and enhances creativity!
overcame many difficult aspects of life to rise to the top. She was named the eleventh most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine.

started her own book club, which is immensely popular today.

has her own popular magazine.
Did you know?
Oprah Winfrey
"I love books! I think books open windows to the world for all of us."
Reading broadens your horizons
Reading gives you a insight into diversity and other cultures.

It teaches you about people, places, and events outside of your own experiences.

It also teaches you about different beliefs and ways of life that may be new to you.
Louis Tomlinson of One Direction
getting his read on.
Did you know?
Reading helps develop a strong sense of character.
Reading helps us to develop empathy by allow us to "feel" what our characters feel and put ourselves in someone else's shoes.

It also builds a strong sense of compassion.

Reading establishes a better understanding of human nature.
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) reading on the set of Harry Potter.
in America, 3,000 students drop out -- the majority of them are poor readers. Students with below grade level reading skills are twice as likely to drop out of school as those who can read on or above grade level.
Did you know?
Words are our everyday tools
You speak thousands of words every day.

Many people write something every day.

Avid readers find it easier to communicate because of their expanded vocabularies and practice of vocabulary through reading.
Singer Justin Bieber reading to two young fans.
Did you know?
Reading improves school performance
It doesn't just improve English/Language Arts, or even history. Avid readers got better grades across all subjects, even math!

Avid readers also are known to get better grades throughout middle, high school, and college.
Actor George Clooney reading
Reading will help you for years to come!
Did you know?
Actress Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss, The Hunger Games)
of eighth graders do not read at a proficient level.
Every School Day
Among adults at the lowest level of literacy proficiency, 43% live in poverty. Among adults with strong literacy skills, only 4% live in poverty.
Children learn an average of 4,000 to 12,000 new words each year as a result of book reading.
Additional Resources
Martin Luther King Jr.
Literacy Game!
Free Rice
is a game that helps to build vocabulary while also feeding the hungry! Test it out today!
Note: Free Rice has also expanded to many other subjects, not just vocabulary! Test your smarts in English, math, social studies, & more!
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