Comprehending Fiction: What Is Fiction?

how-to-increase-reading-comprehension-in-adultsFiction is imaginative narrative in any form that is designed to entertain, as distinguished from writing which is designed primarily to explain and describe. Fiction is found in many literary forms.

What Are Some of the Forms (Genres) of Fiction?

  • Picture Books–the story is presented through a combination of text and illustrations. A variety of art is found in the illustrations from woodcuts to collages, photographs, and watercolors. The illustrations and the text work together to establish the mood and theme.
  • Folklore–represents the literary heritage of humankind. Variety in folklore includes traditional stories, myths, legends, nursery rhymes, and songs from the past.
  • Fantasy–under this classification are the imaginative worlds and make- believe. Stories that are set in places that do not exist, about people and creatures that could not exist, or events that could not happen
  • Science Fiction– stories about what might occur in the future. These stories are usually based on taking physical laws and scientific principles to their logical outcomes.
  • Realistic Fiction–stories based on events that could happen in the real world where the characters and the problems that they face seem real and can be related to by the reader. Realistic fiction is set in modern times.
  • Historical Fiction–stories set in the past that portray character and events that actually did or possibly could have occurred. Plot and character are developed within an authentic historical setting.
  • Multicultural books–books that portray diverse groups of people accurately, while demonstrating the common humanity that connects all human beings. These books help the reader appreciate similarities and celebrate the uniqueness of cultural groups.

As I am helping GED students, I think it’s important they understand how to distinguish between genres and how to read comprehensively.

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5 Reasons You Need to Hire a Coach

images (16)The purpose of learning is to grow better and stronger than you were yesterday. Are you better today than you were yesterday?  Are you making the most of your potential?

If the question is no, this post could be exactly what you’re looking for.

A coach comes in many forms.  This can be a friend, a sibling, a colleague.  It doesn’t matter as long as it’s someone that can help you.  Of course, most people close to you will gladly help at no cost.  While this is great, sometimes you need a little more.

I’m talking about paying someone who’s an expert in their field to help you get better.  Yes, it’s an investment b/c people’s time costs money (and sometimes it’s a lot).  My experience has been that it’s well worth it.  In fact, I would put the Return on Investment of hiring a coach at 10x (10 times what you paid) in most cases.

HERE ARE 5 REASONS TO HIRE A COACH:

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Outdoor Life

I’ve mentioned before how much I love our porch. It’s a quiet little retreat from the city- green, breezy and relaxing. When I saw Gussy’s Inspiration Workshop post for today, I just had to join! It’s all about the porch!!!

I love to walk out here before cooking dinner and gather fresh herbs! We’re growing thyme, rosemary and basil!

Our porch looks out onto our backyard and our neighbor’s backyard- this is their gorgeous rose bush that has crawled up the fence that separates our yards! How lovely!When we’re having dinner on the porch, I can gaze down onto our thriving little garden! It’s pretty nice to eat dinner with garden fresh veggies and see right where they grew!

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Mike and I spend almost every night in the summer out on the porch. We catch up while dinner is cooking. We share a meal. We play board games while the sun goes down. We listen to music out there. We enjoy time with friends. We have a cup of coffee on lazy weekend mornings. We discuss the important and the mundane. We celebrate and we problem solve. Sometimes, we just sit together and hold hands. It’s our little place and I love every moment we spend on our little porch. 

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Spicy Chicken “Lasagna”

Sometimes the best laid-plans just don’t work out. I had been dreaming about a steaming hot bowl of the Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Tortilla Soup (you may have noticed that I mention PW every 1 in 3 posts- obsessed much?) all of yesterday. When I got home and began preparing to make it, however, I neglected to read the cook/simmer times (rookie mistake!). The problem? We were hungry like…10 minutes ago. Since I had already roasted off the chicken breasts, I needed a plan B. I still wanted that spicy, tomato-ey taste that I’d get from the tortilla soup, just quicker.

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Relish the Valley: Life in the Low Points

What if your low point could be a high point? What if this time of desperation could be a time of spiritual growth and increased understanding unlike any you have experienced before? It certainly won’t be, not if you’re lusting for the mountaintop. The thing is, even when you summit the mountain it won’t deliver the thrill you have longed for if you get this wrong.

My life experience has taught me to laugh at adversity, this is my message I pass to all dropouts I meet in my volunteer work , yes leaving the high school is not the best step but everyone can take online classes for the GED and pass the exam. With the GED diploma in hand they  are back in track.  I’m still learning but a little personal schadenfreude goes a long way. If it’s possible to laugh at something, why give it the power of calling it a tragedy? Unless you get really good at trudging around in the valley, you won’t be able to enjoy the mountain for fear of falling. It will all be too dizzying.

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There are things that aren’t funny and other situations in which the humor is not readily obvious. It’s okay to be heartbroken. Often enough life calls for that but even amid our somber moments, we must defy the darkness by seeking laughter.

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To be an effective leader you need to take advice

Wess Roberts in Leadership Secrets of Attila The Hun is already a few years old, but still highly relevant. It has the following general principles about Leadership and advice:

  • A Leader who has a team that always agrees with them will only ever be given mediocre advice
  • A wise Leader never ignores the person who gives bad news but rather ignores the person who fails to give them bad news
  • A sensible Leader never asks questions where they will ignore the answer
  • A Leader who asks the wrong the questions will always hear the wrong answers

Twitter: Probationary review

Twitter veterans will have nothing to learn here, but hopefully the newness of these perspectives will be of use to some of you.

1. Pedal! Pedal!

I read today that 20% of Twitter accounts are completely and utterly dead. Yep. Never lifted a finger. I am surprised this figure isn’t higher, as the sign-up to Twitter is like being thrust onto a dancefloor in complete darkness. You don’t know what to do, who to follow, or even if anyone cares about you. Like those tiny turtle hatchlings that have to scuttle down the Mexican beach through a gauntlet of dogs and seabirds, it’s a wonder that any of us made it. We’re still at the stage where virtually none of my personal friends use Twitter, so I was lucky to have a load of Profero friends to help me get started. The conclusion is that Twitter needs to make getting started a little easier, tutoring people in how to build what I consider the all-important safety cushion of 10 people following you. As an unreformed user of analogies, I’d suggest that starting out on Twitter is like riding a bike. If you don’t pedal, you’ll fall straight off.

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What A Waste Of Time

I hate how I waste so much time when I’m off work. I’ve done nothing productive the week, apart from washing all my bed linen and walking the dog for at least an hour every day down the country roads. But apart from that I’ve been sat in front of my laptop (playing Be A Tycoon on Bebo and SimCity4 obsessively) or catching up on TV shows that I seem to have missed huge chunks of over the past few weeks. I might want some inspiration…

I suppose in some sense, that was productive. But I haven’t done what I should have this week. Important things like studying for my personal license exam which is next week, or finishing decorating the hall upstairs which my mother started before she headed to Hong Kong and Australia. She’s a bit like me that way, starting something but not finishing it. It one of my worst traits. It’s the exam bit that’s worrying me, if I don’t pass it then I don’t get a personal license certificate and then I can’t be granted a premises license to sell alcohol and thus can’t be a store manager anymore. That’s a biggie.

I suppose I still have the entire weekend to study the book that I’ve been given, but it’s so much reading. A lot of the information I already know but because the law’s changing there’s so much new stuff to cram into my head, and lots of changes. Like the hours you can legally sell or buy alcohol; that’s going to be a good one explaining to customers since it shortens the hours during the day when you can purchase alcohol by 2 hours. Which is a lot, really since at the moment you can only sell booze for 14 hours a day at the moment in a store like mine.

Ah well, I did well in my exams at school by leaving everything to the last minute, I’m sure I’ll be fine. And on that note, I’m going back to my game.

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