Want to send your kids on a reading adventure that boosts learning? Make sure they check out Ask Arizona on pages 40–41 of the October issue—or encourage them to visit HighlightsKids.com to listen to the recorded version. As your kids explore the text and read for details, they will discover hidden themes, relate to Arizona’s experiences, and with practice, sharpen their reading comprehension skills and analytical ability.
Recap: A child who signs his letter Nervous in Nevada seeks “survival tips” that will make him less anxious about presenting an upcoming book report in front of classmates.
Arizona has plenty of advice for our apprehensive letter writer, as she, too, has had to overcome anxiety before a big presentation.
Arizona’s assignment was to talk about a person she is grateful for. But she couldn’t choose just one of the many special people in her life. More importantly, the thought of speaking in front of the class terrified her.
Enter Arizona’s friend Mareya, whom Arizona describes as being “pretty pushy” when it comes to being helpful. But in the end, Mareya’s sense of humor and understanding worked their magic, and soon Arizona had a new outlook and someone special to talk about.
Reading Comprehension Boosters:
- Arizona tells Nervous in Nevada she understands how it feels to be so nervous about having to talk in front of the class. What symptoms does Arizona experience when she is apprehensive?
- Arizona is not afraid to act in a play, but she did worry about giving a classroom presentation. Why, according to the storyteller, is it easier to act in a play than it is to give a talk in front of classmates?
- Mareya came up with a smart way for Arizona to start her project. What did she suggest? Why was that suggestion a good idea for both students?
- In the end, Arizona was able to give Nervous in Nevada survival tips. In your opinion, which tip is most helpful? Which tip is least helpful?