Speed Reading — Paper Books - Level 6 — 500 wpm

Now do this put-the-text-back-together activity.

This is the text (if you need help).

The march of technology may seem unstoppable, but all things digital may have a way to go before they replace the traditional bedtime book - the paper one. A new study shows that paper books are better than e-books for bedtime reading. The study suggests that the good old printed book, with real pages that you turn with your fingers, makes parents and children interact more than they do when reading with an electronic book. Researchers from the University of Michigan studied how 37 pairs of parents and toddlers interacted with e-books and paper books. The researchers found that with electronic books, parents asked their children fewer questions and made fewer comments about the story.

The study involved observing parents and children (aged two or three) reading from three different book formats. These were printed books, basic e-books on a tablet, and enhanced e-books with features such as animation, graphics and sound effects. The researchers discovered that the parents and toddlers interacted with each other less with both types of e-books than they did with the printed books. A researcher said that when they did speak, they were far likelier to talk about the device and the technology rather than about the story. Children were likelier to say things like, "don't push that button" or "don't change the volume" than ask questions or make observations about the story.

Comprehension questions
  1. What did the article say seemed unstoppable?
  2. What did the article say you could turn with your fingers?
  3. What do parents and children do more when reading paper books?
  4. How many pairs of parents and children did the researchers look at?
  5. Who did the researchers say asked fewer questions with the e-books?
  6. How old were the children in the research?
  7. What kind of effects did the enhanced e-books have?
  8. What were parents and toddlers likelier to talk about?
  9. What did the toddlers not want parents to push?
  10. What did the toddlers ask parents to change on the e-books?

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