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Key Terms

Here are a few key terms used in the course. For more, explore the Glossary on the right.

Background Knowledge: Forming connections between the text and the information and experiences of the reader

Comprehension: Understanding what one is reading, the ultimate goal of all reading activity. It is a complex process of simultaneously extracting and constructing meaning while reading text.

Five Components of Reading: Phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension

Motivation: A feeling of interest or enthusiasm that makes a student want to complete a task or improve his or her skills

Oral Language: Refers to the act of speaking and listening; these skills are the foundation of learning to read and write

Vocabulary: The knowledge of words and word meanings in both oral and print language, and in both expressive (speaking and writing) and receptive (listening and reading) forms

My Notebook


The Notebook is a useful way to jot down notes as you go through the various topics available on the You For Youth website. If you'd like to use the notebook, please sign in if you already have an account or register now to join the Y4Y community!