The Art of Critical Reading

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/5/2015
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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The Art of Critical Reading provides multiple assessment opportunities, engaging and diverse reading selections, and in-context and essential vocabulary content in an integrated print and digital program designed to prepare students for reading in college and beyond. The Art of Critical Reading uses the theme of art to create an exciting and engaging approach to reading and learning. Integrating art themes through reading selections, visuals,and exercises, the new edition offers a wealth of updated exercises and reading selections drawn from a variety of sources (college textbooks, newspapers, magazines, and classic and contemporary literature) to inspire students to read with passion and care.

Table of Contents

Mather/McCarthy The Art of Critical Reading 4/e 





Introduction: Applying Creative and Critical Thinking       

Introductory Puzzle       

Becoming a Successful Student

Study Technique 1:  Scanning    

SELECTION: “Creativity,” excerpt from Psychology by John Santrock       

Brain Teasers    

Study Technique 2:  Skimming   

SELECTION: “Don’t Fool Yourself: Avoiding Everyday Problems in Critical Thinking,” excerpt from Power Learning by Robert S. Feldman         

Study Technique 3: SQ3R Study Method              

Computer and Internet Skills     

SELECTION: “Analyzing Internet Sites,” excerpt from Public Speaking for College and Career by Hamilton Gregory            

Brain Teasers    

CHAPTER 1          Developing a College-Level Vocabulary 

Practice with Vocabulary Words in Context         

Practice with Word Structure: Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes        

Practice Using a Thesaurus         

SELECTION: Excerpt from Commencement Address by Marian Wright Edelman 

SELECTION: “Restoration,” excerpt from Living with Art by Mark Getlein               

Brain Teasers    


CHAPTER 2          Topics, Main Ideas, and Details 

Identifying Topics, Main Ideas, and Details          

SELECTION: “Black Men and Public Space” by Brent Staples 

REVIEW TEST: Main Ideas and Details in Textbook Material          


Formulating Implied Main Ideas               

SELECTION: “Colonial Almanacs,” excerpt from American History by Alan Brinkley            

SELECTION: “Advertising and the Media,” excerpt from Think by Judith A. Boss 

SELECTION: “Public Art,” excerpt from Living with Art by Mark Getlein   


Study Technique 4: Summarizing Short Articles 

Brain Teasers    

CHAPTER 3          Organizing Textbook Information and Interpreting Visual Aids

Doing What Successful Students D

Study Technique 5:  Underlining, Highlighting, Annotating

SELECTION: “Stress: The Constant Challenge,” excerpt from Core Concepts in Health by Paul M. Insel and Walton T. Roth                105

SELECTION: “Categorizing Stressors,” excerpt from Essentials of Understanding Psychology by Robert S. Feldman

Study Technique 6:  Outlining

Study Technique 7:  Mapping    

Study Technique 8:  Comparison-Contrast Chart               

SELECTION: “At Wit’s End,” excerpt from Essentials of Understanding Psychology by Robert S. Feldman

Visual Aids: How to Use and Interpret Tables, Diagrams, Charts, and Graphs

Brain Teasers

CHAPTER 4          The Author’s Purpose and the Rhetorical Modes              

Determining the Author’s Purpose         

An Introduction to the Rhetorical Modes             

Expository Writing with Purpose to Inform

SELECTION: “Sibling Relationships and Birth Order,” by John Santroc

Narrative Writing with Purpose to Entertain

SELECTION: “The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse” by Aesop          

Persuasive Writing with Purpose to Persuade

SELECTION: “What Can Individuals Do?” by William P. Cunningham

Descriptive Writing with Purpose to Inform        

SELECTION: “A Son’s Memoir” by John Daniel

REVIEW TEST: Context Clue Practice Using Textbook Material    

Identifying Mode and Author’s Purpose              

SELECTION: “Vincenzo Perugia,” excerpt from Gilbert’s Living with Art by Mark Getlein

MASTERY TEST: Vincenzo Perugia            

Brain Teasers

CHAPTER 5          Transition Words and Patterns of Organization

Transition Words

Some Common Patterns of Organization

Study Technique 9: Time Lines

REVIEW TEST: Identifying Patterns of Organization and Main Ideas in Textbook Material

Additional Transition Words

SELECTION: “School Cheating Scandal Tests a Town’s Values” by Jodi Wilgoren  

Study Technique 10: Summarizing Longer Articles

SELECTION: “The Milgram Experiment,” excerpt from Sociology by Richard T. Schaefer

SELECTION: “Facing One’s Own Death,” excerpt from Essentials of Life-Span Development by John W. Santrock

Brain Teasers


CHAPTER 6          Inference

Introduction to Inference Skills

Drawing Inferences from Different Kinds of Material

SELECTION: “Barney” by Will Stanton     

SELECTION: “The Laughter of Rats,” excerpt from Animal Wise by Virginia Morell              

SELECTION: “The Life and Death of a Western Gladiator” by Charles Finney         

SELECTION: “Deciding Whom to Marry,” excerpt from Sociology by Craig Calhoun            

Brain Teasers    

CHAPTER 7          Figurative Language

Figures of Speech           


SELECTION: Excerpt from L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton             

SELECTION: “When Leaves Turn Color in the Fall,” excerpt from A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman

The Use of Symbols

SELECTION: “Book of Dreams,” excerpt from Farmworker’s Daughter—Growing Up Mexican in America by Rose Castillo Guilbault             

Brain Teasers    

CHAPTER 8          Tone     


SELECTION: “A Wake Up Call,” excerpt from Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox             

Irony and Satire               

SELECTION: “Waiting in Life’s Long Lines,” by Tom Mather           

SELECTION: “The Lottery,” by Art Buchwald        

SELECTION: Excerpt from Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down by Dave Barry          

SELECTION: “Accident and Aftermath,” excerpt from Frida by Hayden Herrera   

MASTERY TEST: Frida—Accident and Aftermath

Brain Teasers    


CHAPTER 9          Fact and Opinion             

Introduction to Fact and Opinion             

SELECTION: “Astrology,” excerpt from Consumer Health by Stephen Barrett et al.

SELECTION: “Bug Heads, Rat Hairs—Bon Appétit!” by Mary Roach            

SELECTION: “The Facts: Nutrition Quackery,” by Charles Corbin et al.      

REVIEW TEST: Fact and Opinion 332

SELECTION: “Introduction,” excerpt from Food Rules by Michael Pollan 

SELECTION: “The Nature of Public Opinion,” excerpt from American Democracy by Thomas Patterson   

Brain Teasers    

CHAPTER 10        Point of View    

Introduction to Point of View    

SELECTION: “Popular Mechanics” by Raymond Carver    

SELECTION: “The Lady or the Tiger?” by Frank R. Stockton            

Multiple Points of View: The Vietnam War Memorial     

SELECTION: “The Vietnam Wall” by Alberto Rios               

SELECTION: “Vincent Van Gogh,” excerpt from Living with Art by Mark Getlein

SELECTION: “The Cave of Lascaux,” excerpt from Images of the Past by T. Douglas Price and Gary M. Feinman

MASTERY TEST: Prehistoric Art

An Introduction to Propaganda Techniques        

Brain Teasers    

CHAPTER 11        Bias       

Introduction to Bias       

SELECTION: Excerpt from Somebody’s Baby by Barbara Kingsolver          

SELECTION: “Adults Only,” excerpt from Chevrolet Summers, Dairy Queen Nights by Bob Greene            

REVIEW TEST: Vocabulary in Context, Tone, Fact and Opinion, Bias          

SELECTION: “Seven Forms of Bias,” excerpt from Teachers, Schools, and Society by Myra and David Sadker         

SELECTION: “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall,” excerpt from Understanding Your Health by Wayne A. Payne et al.      

SELECTION: “Media Literacy: Portrayals of Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media” by Dr. Mary-Lou Galician              

An Introduction to Logical Fallacies

SELECTION: “Clothing and Fashions in the Revolutionary Times,” excerpt from Nation of Nations by James West Davidson

Brain Teasers    

CHAPTER 12        Analyzing and Evaluating Arguments      

An Introduction to Argument    

Analyzing Arguments    

Evaluating Arguments

SELECTION: “I Buy, Therefore I’m Happy,” by Christine Gross-Loh            

SELECTION: “Dreaming of Disconnecting a Respirator” by Elissa Ely           

REVIEW TEST: Transition Words

SELECTION: “Whose Grave Is This Anyway?” excerpt from Gilbert’s Living with Art by Mark Getlein

MASTERY TEST: Whose Grave Is This Anyway?

Brain Teasers

SELECTION: “Don’t Believe Everything You See Or Hear on the News,” excerpt from Environmental Science by William P. Cunningham

Introduction to Deductive and Inductive Reasoning

SELECTION: “The Declaration of Independence” by Thomas Jefferson   

SELECTION: “The Bill of Rights”

Brain Teasers    


Vocabulary Unit 1: Homonyms and Other Confusing Words        

Vocabulary Unit 2: More Homonyms and Other Confusing Words            

Vocabulary Unit 3: Number Pre?xes      

Brain Teasers    

Vocabulary Unit 4: Word Parts Featuring Polar Opposites             

Vocabulary Unit 5: Word Parts Featuring Direction and Motion  

Vocabulary Unit 6: Word Parts Featuring “Blood” Relations          

Vocabulary Unit 7: Word Parts Featuring Politics and Religion     

Vocabulary Unit 8: Word Parts Featuring Study, Feeling, and Faith           

Vocabulary Unit 9: Word Parts Featuring War, and Good and Bad             

Vocabulary Unit 10: Word Parts Featuring Water, Air, and Life    

Vocabulary Word Parts 

Brain Teasers    






Index of Artists and Art Works   

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