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How to interpret "read extensively and intensively for different purposes in varied sources and increasingly demanding texts" in the following?

OBJECTIVES
TEKS: English 4
The students will:

Reading/Comprehension

  • comprehend selections using a variety of strategies.
  • draw upon his/her background to provide connection to texts.
  • draw inferences and support them with textual evidence and experience
  • read extensively and intensively for different purposes in varied sources and increasingly demanding texts.

(Source.)

Should I interpret it as:

  1. reading in varied sources and demanding texts for different purposes.

Or

  1. reading intensively for different purposes, which will vary based off the difficulty of the text.
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  • The most important point here is that the texts should be more and more difficult as you proceed. Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 7:49
  • But is it like when I am reading, I should try to achieve different purposes so I will read the same book twice and discern words more carefully. Or it's like when I am reading different texts, I achieve different purposes.
    – HUN
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 7:54
  • It might be helpful if you provide a source or a larger excerpt. It is possible that this is an incomplete sentence.
    – Em.
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 7:56
  • This is the site uh.edu/honors/Programs-Minors/honors-and-the-schools/…
    – HUN
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 8:05
  • I think your amendment makes sense but maybe you can also help with my confusion.
    – HUN
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 8:06

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It clearly parses as:

read ( extensively and intensively ) ( for different purposes ) ( in varied sources and increasingly demanding texts )

By default, the adverbial phrases apply one by one to the verb phrase from left to right. This is confirmed by the nature of the text from which it is taken, which clearly is supposed to list all the myriad ways the students are supposed to read in the TEKS course. In particular:

  • The students will read extensively and intensively.

  • The students will read for different purposes.

  • The students will read varied sources and increasingly demanding texts.

I just noticed that the original sentence has an extra "in", suggesting as I originally suspected that the author of the sentence is not a native speaker of English. "read in varied sources" is grammatically incorrect.

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  • But does "different purposes" link to "in varied sources and texts" or "read extensively and intensively". Please explain.
    – HUN
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 8:03
  • @HUN: No. As I said, they modify the current verb phrase one by one, starting with "read". But provide the source of the quote.
    – user21820
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 8:06
  • the source is in the above comment section.
    – HUN
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 8:08
  • So the quoted phrases don't any connection with each other and I just need to read in a way that is intensive, wide, increasingly demanding and has different purposes.
    – HUN
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 8:12
  • @HUN: But yes, by default they all modify "read" and can be individually included or excluded without affecting the meaning of the ones included.
    – user21820
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 8:14
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In language teaching, extensive reading and intensive reading are technical terms for two different ways of reading.

Extensive reading is also known as free reading. You usually don't look up words you don't understand but try to infer meaning from context. (You can even skip entire passages that are too difficult.) Extensive reading is promoted as a good way of increasing reading comprehension, for example by linguists such as Stephen Krashen.

Intensive reading aims for a high degree of comprehension and is much slower.

So the phrase "read extensively and intensively for different purposes in varied sources and increasingly demanding texts" means that the learner should be able to switch between extensive and intensive reading strategies depending on the nature of the text and the learner's goal(s) in reading that text.

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