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Critical Reading provides a systematic introduction to the process of analyzing and evaluating a written text. Students develop critical reading skills through analysis of texts from authentic sources (journals, newspapers, magazines, and websites) and a variety of academic dsiciplines. They are encouraged to develop their comprehension and vocabulary skills, while forming a reasoned assessment of the effectiveness and validity of a text. Highlights
The text goes beyond the standard "reading comprehension plus vocabulary" approach.
Includes opportunities for further research, as well as writing tasks designed to allow students to synthesize the materials they have read and reach an individual conclusion.
Each chapter introduces a fundamental skill for developing critical awareness, including:
considering place and date of publication;
identifying author bias and purpose;
distinguishing between fact and opinion;
gauging scope of research;
comparing the author's argument to other points of view; and
ultimately, evaluating the strength and validity of an argument with the goal of writing a critical review of the article.
Teachers can access My eLab documents for support materials including answer keys and tests.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Myth or Reality Subject Area: Life Sciences FOCUS: Introduction ot Critical Reading
Chapter 2: What is the Best Way to Eat? Subject Area: Nutritional Sciences FOCUS: Academic or Not?
Chapter 3: The Values of Sports Subject Area: Sports Studies FOCUS: Author Credentials and Bias
Chapter 4: Approaches to the Global Energy Crisis Subject Area: Environmental Studies FOCUS: Stance, Audience and Purpose
Chapter 5: Leaders and Leadership Subject Areas: Business Studies, Leadership and Management FOCUS: Fact or Opinion?
Chapter 6: Technology in Education Subject Areas: Education, Computer Studies FOCUS: Interpreting Evidence 1: Casual Observation and Empirical Research
Chapter 7: Design and Productivity Subject Area: Interior Design FOCUS: Evidence 2: Other Forms of Support
Chapter 8: Inequality, Wealth and Happiness Subject Areas: Economics, Psychology FOCUS: The Text in Context 1
Chapter 9: Social Networks: A Magic Number? Subject Areas: Social Anthropology, Computer Studies FOCUS: The Text in Context 2
Chapter 10: Looking at the Stars Subject Area: Astronomy FOCUS: Bringing It All Together