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Building Strategies for College Reading : A Text with Thematic Reader

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Summary

This valuable book informs readers about the skills, strategies, attitudes, and habits associated with effective reading that are vital for success in every walk of life. Readers will see themselves as active participants in the reading process. Updated to include even more practice materialnumerous excerpts, examples, and articlesBuilding Strategies for College Reading, 4/Estresses the importance of learning strategies to expand vocabulary.Nine chapters of this useful guide to effective reading are devoted to the development of skills and strategies. Topics include: reading as a process, building vocabulary, understanding main ideas, reading multi-paragraph selections and graphics, author's point of view, and organizing information. The selection of readings is divided into thematic sections, giving a context for understanding the skills presented; they include: "First Amendment Freedoms," "Today's Workplace," "Violence and Crime," and "Biodiversity."This book is a valuable tool and reference for anyone who needs to develop better reading, comprehension, and vocabulary skills.

Author Biography

Jane L. McGrath earned her undergraduate degree and M.A. in education and mass communications and her Ed.D. in reading education from Arizona State University. During her more than twenty-five years with the Maricopa Colleges, McGrath taught a variety of reading, English, journalism, and computer applications courses. She was named Innovator of the Year by the Maricopa Colleges and the League for Innovation in Community Colleges for Project Read-Aloud, a college-community service program, and has received Outstanding Citizen awards from the cities of Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona, for her community service activities. McGrath's other books include Basic Skills and Strategies for College Reading: A Text with Thematic Reader, second edition, and Strategies for Critical Reading. In addition to her work in reading education, McGrath and her husband Larry write for the high-performance automotive industry. Their work has appeared in magazines such as Drag Racing Today and Circle Track, and their monthly column appears in Performance Racing Industry.

Table of Contents

Preface vi
Credits List xi
The Big Picture: Approaching Reading As a Process
1(28)
Chapter Focus
2(1)
Approaching Reading as a Process
3(1)
Why Plan→Do→Review?
4(11)
Plan to Read
5(1)
Planning Strategies
6(6)
Do the Reading
12(1)
Reading Strategies
12(3)
Review Questions
15(1)
Use Your Strategies: Exercise 1
15(3)
Use Your Strategies: Exercise 2
18(5)
Use Your Strategies: Exercise 3
23(4)
Reflect and Connect
27(1)
Log On to the Web
27(2)
Building Vocabulary
29(34)
Chapter Focus
30(1)
Using Context Clues to Define Words and Phrases
30(4)
Types of Context Clues
31(3)
Using Parts of a Word to Help Define It
34(5)
Using a Dictionary to Define Words and Phrases
39(5)
Connotative Meanings
44(1)
Figurative Language
45(3)
Defining Words and Phrases While Reading
48(3)
Remembering Words
51(1)
One Strategy for Learning the Meanings of Words and Phrases
51(1)
Review Questions
52(1)
Use Your Strategies 1
52(2)
Use Your Strategies 2
54(2)
Use Your Strategies 3
56(2)
Use Your Strategies 4
58(2)
Reflect and Connect
60(1)
Log On to the Web
61(2)
Understanding Main Ideas
63(24)
Chapter Focus
64(1)
What Is a Main Idea?
64(4)
Identifying the Topic
65(1)
Identifying the Contolling Idea
66(2)
Understanding Stated Main Ideas
68(4)
Making Inferences While Reading
72(1)
Understanding Implied Main Ideas
73(5)
The Need to Be Flexible
78(1)
Chapter 3 Review Questions
78(1)
Use Your Strategies 1
78(2)
Use Your Strategies 2
80(2)
Use Your Strategies 3
82(2)
Use Your Strategies 4
84(2)
Reflect and Connect
86(1)
Log On to the Web
86(1)
Identifying Supporting Details and Using Relationships Among Ideas
87(33)
Chapter Focus
88(1)
Understanding How the Ideas and Sentences in a Paragraph Relate to One Another
88(6)
Keep Your Purpose in Mind
92(2)
Understanding How the Ideas and Sentences Are Organized
94(16)
Text Structure: Compare and Contrast
96(1)
Text Structure: Classification
97(1)
Text Structure: Cause and Effect
98(1)
Text Structure: Sequence or Process
99(1)
Text Structure: Definition
100(1)
Combination of Text Structures
101(1)
A Caution
102(8)
Review Questions
110(1)
Use Your Strategies 1
110(3)
Use Your Strategies 2
113(2)
Use Your Strategies 3
115(1)
Use Your Strategies 4
116(2)
Reflect and Connect
118(1)
Log On to the Web
118(2)
Reading Multiparagraph Selections
120(34)
Chapter Focus
121(1)
Primary Reasons Writers Write
121(9)
Exposition
122(1)
Description
123(1)
Narration
123(1)
Persuasion/Argumentation
124(2)
Multiple Reasons for Writing
126(4)
Identifying the Thesis of a Multiparagraph Selection
130(10)
Review Questions
140(1)
Use Your Strategies 1
140(4)
Use Your Strategies 2
144(2)
Use Your Strategies 3
146(4)
Use Your Strategies 4
150(2)
Reflect and Connect
152(1)
Log On to the Web
152(2)
Reading Graphics
154(37)
Chapter Focus
155(1)
Reading Graphics
156(1)
Graphs
156(6)
Bar Graphs
157(1)
Pictographs
157(1)
Stacked Bar Graphs
158(1)
Line Graphs
159(2)
Pie Charts/Circle Graphs
161(1)
Tables
162(2)
Diagrams
164(5)
Venn Diagrams
165(1)
Flowcharts
165(1)
Maps
166(3)
Illustrations
169(8)
Photographs
169(1)
Drawings
170(7)
Review Questions
177(1)
Use Your Strategies 1
177(6)
Use Your Strategies 2
183(2)
Use Your Strategies 3
185(2)
Use Your Strategies 4
187(2)
Reflect and Connect
189(1)
Log On to the Web
189(2)
Understanding the Author's Point of View
191(31)
Chapter Focus
192(1)
Knowledge and Reliability
193(1)
Tone
194(5)
Identifying Tone
194(2)
Irony
196(1)
Satire and Sarcasm
197(2)
Fact, Opinion, Reasoned Judgments
199(8)
Facts
200(1)
Opinions
200(1)
Reasoned Judgments
201(6)
Reading Editorial Cartoons
207(3)
Strategies for Understanding an Editorial Cartoon
208(2)
Review Questions
210(1)
Use Your Strategies 1
210(2)
Use Your Strategies 2
212(3)
Use Your Strategies 3
215(2)
Use Your Strategies 4
217(3)
Reflect and Connect
220(1)
Log On to the Web
220(2)
Organizing the Information You Need
222(40)
Chapter Focus
223(1)
Annotate
224(7)
Create a Graphic
231(9)
Informal Outlines
232(2)
Information Maps
234(6)
Summarize
240(5)
Review Questions
245(1)
Use Your Strategies 1
245(3)
Use Your Strategies 2
248(5)
Use Your Strategies 3
253(3)
Use Your Strategies 4
256(4)
Reflect and Connect
260(1)
Log On to the Web
260(2)
Becoming a More Critical Reader
262(23)
Chapter Focus
263(1)
Becoming a Critical Reader
264(1)
Keep an Open Mind
265(1)
Monitor Assumptions and Biases
265(1)
Examine the Information and Evidence
265(1)
Examine the Reasoning
266(1)
Reach a Reasoned Judgment
266(1)
Apply New Information
267(7)
Review Questions
274(1)
Use Your Strategies 1
274(3)
Use Your Strategies 2
277(2)
Use Your Strategies 3
279(2)
Use Your Strategies 4
281(2)
Reflect and Connect
283(1)
Log On to the Web
284(1)
THEME 1 FIRST AMENDMENT FREEDOMS
285(54)
First Amendment Freedoms
286(24)
James Burns
J. W. Peltason
Thomas Cronin
David Magleby
David O'Brien
Paul Light
Tests of Your Freedoms, USA Weekend
310(5)
State of the First Amendment 2003
315(6)
Ken Paulson
How Much Religious Freedom Is Too Much?
321(3)
Charles Haynes
`Free' and Other 4-Letter Words
324(3)
Ken Paulson
Dilbert
327(1)
Scott Adams
Well, Would You Rather Have an Unfree Press?
328(2)
Bill Thompson
Our Right to Petition
330(7)
Adam Newton
Log On to the Web
337(1)
Reflect and Connect
337(1)
Further Reading
338(1)
THEME 2 TODAY'S WORKPLACE
339(74)
Tomorrow's Jobs, U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics
340(17)
Editorial cartoon
357(2)
Brad McMillan
Managing Human Resources and Labor Relations
359(30)
Ricky Griffin
Ronald Ebert
Judgment Day
389(4)
Kim Clark
Stop Stereotyping: Overcoming Your Worst Diversity Enemy
393(3)
Sondra Thiederman
What Should I Do With My Life?
396(8)
Po Bronson
Money and Motivation
404(7)
Thomas Petzinger
Log On to the Web
411(1)
Reflect and Connect
412(1)
Further Reading
412(1)
THEME 3 VIOLENCE AND CRIME
413(76)
The Moral Circle
414(2)
James Garbarino
Crime and Violence
416(50)
William Kornblum
Joseph Julian
Editorial Cartoon: The Four R's
466(1)
Don Wright
A Well-Regulated Controversy
467(5)
Justin Fernandez
Hatred: Too Close for Comfort
472(3)
Jack Levine
Much Ado About Violence
475(3)
Charles Gordon
Why Rocky III?
478(5)
Mike Messner
Prologue: New Year's Eve
483(4)
Greg Lichtenberg
Log On to the Web
487(1)
Reflect and Connect
487(1)
Further Reading
488(1)
THEME 4 BIODIVERSITY
489(62)
Imagine
491(3)
Chris Howes
Is Earth Experiencing a Biodiversity Crisis?
494(34)
Colleen Belk
Virginia Borden
The Politics of Biodiversity
528(6)
Julie Majeres
Editorial Cartoon
534(2)
Steve Greenberg
A Grizzly Future
536(4)
Todd Wilkinson
Sustainable Agriculture Depends on Biodiversity
540(4)
Kevin Parris
The Silent Casualties of War
544(4)
Paul Richards
Louise Sperling
Log On to the Web
548(1)
Reflect and Connect
549(1)
Further Reading
549(2)
APPENDICES
551(8)
Strategies for Taking Control of Your Time
553(3)
Using Textbook Design Clues
556(3)
Glossary 559(4)
Index 563

Excerpts

If we are going to talk about teaching reading comprehension, then we are going to have to look for methods of teaching that create active rather than passive readers .... Learners must be provided with materials that motivate them to become actively involved in constructing meaning, strategic guidance and support when their own repertoire of strategies is not adequate, a connection to writing as a similar meaning making activity, questions and discussion that help them focus on both the content being created and the strategy being used, and meaningful interactions with other readers so that meanings and strategies can be shared. - (Irwin, J. W.Teaching Reading Comprehension Processes,2nd ed. 1991. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.)The revisions in this fourth edition ofBuilding Strategies for College Readingevolved from answering the question, What changes will better prepare students to succeed in American history, biology, business, sociology, and every other course of study?I am convinced that adopting the skills, strategies, attitudes, and habits associated with effective reading are vital for success in college and in life and that those skills, strategies, attitudes, and habits can be developed and improved through relevant and applicable instruction and guided practice. This text provides the foundation for that instruction and practice.Firmly focused on helping students develop strategies for reading college-level expository prose, this is a "textbook" reading text: it mirrors typical content-area texts in form and structure, and it includes a wealth of authentic text excerpts and four complete textbook chapters. In addition, its thematic approach promotes a meaningful, connected understanding of topics that allows students to profit from more sophisticated material than is possible with isolated readings.This text, like the introductory textBasic Skills and Strategies for College Reading,second edition, and the next-level textStrategies for Critical Reading,encourages students to see themselves as active participants in the reading process--readers who can set and accomplish reading and study goals and objectives. Therefore,Building Strategies for College Reading,fourth edition, presents detailed instruction in and examples of the reading skills students must master to be successful in college; encourages students to develop a repertoire of reading and study strategies and provides guided activities as they learn to select and use different strategies for different tasks; provides abundant authentic practice with complete articles, essays, text pages, and textbook chapters; stresses the importance of transferring skills and strategies to other readings and other classes; encourages students to realize that expanding their vocabulary is fundamental to college success; provides extensive practice opportunities in four topical thematic units so that as students broaden their conceptual background knowledge, they see themselves as successful readers; and persuades students to plan, monitor, and evaluate their own learning.This explanation of askilland astrategyby Alexander and Jetton clarifies how I use the terms in this text: "During the 1970s, when it first dotted the reading landscape, the term strategies signified a form of mental processing that deviated from traditional skills-based reading. However, any distinctions between skill and strategies that seemed apparent then have begun to fade, leaving many to wonder where skills end and strategies begin. As a way to unearth those contrasts, we propose two differences between skillful and strategic processing, relevant to text-based learning: automaticity and intentionality... Skills are, in essence, essential academic habits. They are routinized, automatic procedures we employ when we en


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