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Reading

Understanding What You Read

  1. Video: Summarizing

    A cop on the beat demonstrates the art of summarizing.

  2. Video: A Poet's Life

    Poet Jimmy Baca shares his learning journey and the strength he has gained along the way.

  3. Video: Campaign Promises

    A voter explains how to read a campaign poster with a critcal eye.

  4. Video: Glossary

    Laverne (Liz Torres) and two coworkers use the glossary to figure out unknown words and concepts in their new company health plan.

  5. Video: Language of Leases

    A couple reads the fine print on a lease and makes a list of questions before signing.

  6. Video: Mapping the Road

    A mechanic helps Question Man (Joey Kola) read a road map.

  7. Video: Mapping the World

    Three well-traveled Harlem Globetrotters demonstrate how to read a globe.

  8. Video: Medicine Labels

    Laverne (Liz Torres) dispenses sound advice about reading over-the-counter medicine labels and prescription instructions.

  9. Video: Newspaper Headlines

    A newspaper vendor explains ambiguous headlines.

  10. Video: Newspaper Reading

    While at a diner, Question Man (Joey Kola) and another customer use various strategies to decipher a difficult newspaper article.

  11. Video: Newspaper Stories

    Dennis Franz gives a tip on reading a newspaper article.

  12. Video: Reading Art

    Parents and children interpret art and symbolism at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

  13. Video: Restating

    With the help of a no-nonsense judge, Question Man (Joey Kola) learns how to decipher legalese.

  14. Video: Summarizing a Poem

    Poet Jimmy Baca and a group of adults read David Budbill's poem Jeanie.

Studying & Test Prep

  1. Video: Education and Freedom

    A man talks movingly about how he put prison and low literacy far behind him.

  2. Video: Highlighting

    A woman explains how using a highlighter when you read helps you with comprehension.

  3. Video: Laundry and the GED

    An Arkansas-based woman teaches GED comprehension strategies in a laundromat.

  4. Video: Preparing for the GED

    A Baltimore-based steelworker continues his quest to pass the GED.

  5. Video: Raising Kids and Scores

    An adult learner from Pittsburgh improves her reading skills and attains her goal of getting a new job.

  6. Video: Read for Work

    A mechanic improves his ability to read instructions and manuals and to read to his children.

  7. Video: Reader and Teacher

    A New York man, despite having a reading disability, teaches others how to pass motor vehicle exams.

  8. Video: Study for a Career

    An out-of-work Appalachian coal miner succeeds in changing careers.

  9. Video: Test Taking

    Question Man (Joey Kola) receives tips and strategies for studying and test taking from a bus driver.

Libraries & Books

  1. Video: Atlas

    Agent Know How uses the library's atlas to find the distance from New York, NY to El Paso, TX.

  2. Video: Card Catalogue

    Agent Know How uses the library computer to look up a book.

  3. Video: Dorothea Lange, Photographer

    Workers learn about the history of the Depression through Dorothea Lange's celebrated photographs.

  4. Video: Doug E. Fresh

    Hip-hop star and author Doug E. Fresh reads, raps, and rhymes with parents and children.

  5. Video: Games and Reading

    An adult learner talks about using games to learn to read and about reading to his child.

  6. Video: John Zickefoose

    An adult learner talks about a strategy for learning to read difficult words.

  7. Video: Library Card

    Agent Know How gets a library card and learns about libraries.

  8. Video: Picking a Book

    A librarian helps Question Man (Joey Kola) pick out a book that will help him better understand his teenage son.

  9. Video: Plainsong

    What happens when an entire Midwestern town reads the same novel?

  10. Video: Searching for Family Roots

    An African-American woman researches her family's roots over the Internet and in the field.

  11. Video: Studs Terkel

    A group of adult learners discusses the non-fiction book by Studs Terkel.

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