Building Strategies for College Reading : A Text with Thematic Reader (with MyReadingLab Student Access Code Card)

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/13/2008
  • Publisher: Longman

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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

Strategy/Skill Chapters
The Big Picture: Approaching Reading As a Process
Building Vocabulary
Understanding Main Ideas
Indentifying Supporting Details and Using Relationships Among Ideas
Reading Multi-Paragraph Selections
Reading Graphics
Understanding the Author's Point of View
Organizing the Information You Need
Becoming a More Critical Reader
Thematic Units
First Amendment Freedoms
First Amendment Freedoms, Burns, Peltason, Cronin, Magleby, O'Brien, and Light
Five Tests of Your Freedoms, USA Weekend
State of the First Amendment 2003
How Much Religious Freedom Is Too Much?
'Free' and Other 4-Letter Words
Well, Would You Rather Have an Unfree Press?
Our Right to Petition
Today's Workplace
Tomorrow's Jobs, U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics
Editorial Cartoon
Managing Human Resources and Labor Relations
Judgment Day
Stop Stereotyping: Overcoming Your Worst Diversity Enemy
What Should I Do With My Life?
Money and Motivation
Violence and Crime
The Moral Circle
Crime and Violence
Four R's
A Well-Regulated Controversy
Hatred: Too Close for Comfort
Much Ado about Violence
Why Rocky III?
Prologue: New Year's Eve
Is Earth Experiencing a Biodiversity Crisis?
The Politics of Biodiversity
Editorial Cartoon
A Grizzly Future
Sustainable Agriculture Depends on Biodiversity
The Silent Casualties of War
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