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Guide to College Reading was written to equip students with the skills they need to handle the diverse reading demands of college courses and guide them in becoming active learners and critical thinkers.


Designed for use in the first level reading course, Guide to College Reading focuses on the key areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary improvement, and textbook reading while addressing the learning characteristics, attitudes, and motivational levels of reading students.

Table of Contents


PART I Success in College Reading

Chapter 1 Reading and Learning: Getting Started

            Understand What Is Expected in College

            Build Your Concentration

            Analyze Your Learning Style

            Improve Your Comprehension

            Read and Think Visually

            Use Writing to Learn

            Learn from and with Other Students

            Self-Test Summary

            Mastery Test 1: READING SELECTION: “The Allure of Disaster,” Eric G. Wilson


Chapter 2 The Basics of College Textbook Reading

            Textbooks as Learning Tools


            Develop Questions to Guide Your Reading

            Read for Meaning

            Test Your Recall as You Read

            Review After You Read

            Building a System: SQ3R

            Self-Test Summary

            Mastery Test 1: Working with Textbook Features

            Mastery Test 2: Thinking Skills

            Mastery Test 3: READING SELECTION: “Looking for Love,” Jenifer Kunz


PART II Vocabulary: The Key to Meaning

Chapter 3 Using Context Clues

            What Is Context?

            Types of Context Clues

            The Limitations of Context Clues

            Self-Test Summary

            Mastery Test 1: Vocabulary Skills

            Mastery Test 2: Vocabulary Skills

Mastery Test 3: READING SELECTION: “Compulsive or Pathological Gambling,” Rebecca J. Donatelle


Chapter 4 Using Word Parts and Learning New Words

            Learn Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes

            Learn New Words

            Select and Use a Dictionary

            Pronounce Unfamiliar Words

            A System for Learning New Words

            Self-Test Summary

            Mastery Test 1: Vocabulary Skills

            Mastery Test 2: Dictionary Skills

            Mastery Test 3: READING SELECTION: “The ‘McDonaldization’ of Society,” John J. Macionis


PART III Comprehension and Learning Skills

Chapter 5 Understanding Paragraphs: Topics and Main Ideas

            General and Specific Ideas

            Identify the Topic

            Find the Stated Main Idea

            Identify Topic Sentences

            Implied Main Ideas

            Self-Test Summary

            Mastery Test 1: Paragraph Skills

            Mastery Test 2: Paragraph Skills

            Mastery Test 3: READING SELECTION: “War Torn,” Joshua Kors


Chapter 6 Understanding Paragraphs: Supporting Details and Transitions

            Recognize Supporting Details

            Types of Supporting Details


            Paraphrase Paragraphs

            Self-Test Summary

            Mastery Test 1: Paragraph Skills

            Mastery Test 2: Paragraph Skills

            Mastery Test 3: READING SELECTION: “Let There Be Dark,” Paul Bogard


Chapter 7 Following the Author’s Thought Patterns

            Six Common Thought Patterns

            Other Useful Patterns of Organization

            Self-Test Summary

            Mastery Test 1: Identifying Patterns

            Mastery Test 2: Identifying Patterns

            Mastery Test 3: READING SELECTION: “Right Place, Wrong Face,” Alton Fitzgerald White


PART IV Textbook Reading Skills

Chapter 8 Reading Visuals and Electronic Sources

            Read and Analyze Photographs

            Read and Interpret Graphics

            Types of Graphics

            Evaluate Internet Sources

            Self-Test Summary

            Mastery Test 1: Graphic Skills

            Mastery Test 2: Graphic Skills

Mastery Test 3: READING SELECTION: “Who Needs Marriage?” Mary Ann Schwartz and BarBara Marliene Scott


Chapter 9 Organizing and Remembering Information

            Highlighting and Marking




            Immediate and Periodic Review

            Self-Test Summary

            Mastery Test 1: Mapping and Summarizing Skills

            Mastery Test 2: Outlining Skills

Mastery Test 3: READING SELECTION: “Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Are You Sleep Deprived?” Saundra K. Ciccarelli and J. Noland White


PART V Critical Reading Skills

Chapter 10 Interpreting the Writer’s Message and Purpose

            Connotative Meanings

            Implied Meanings

            Figurative Language

            Understand the Author’s Purpose



            Self-Test Summary

            Mastery Test 1: Interpretive Skills

            Mastery Test 2: Interpretive Skills

            Mastery Test 3: READING SELECTION: “Starbucks’ Global Expansion,” Warren J. Keegan and Mark C. Green


Chapter 11 Evaluating: Asking Critical Questions

            What Is the Source of the Material?

            What Is the Authority of the Author?

            Does the Writer Make Assumptions?

            Is the Author Biased?

            Is the Writing Slanted?

            How Does the Writer Support His or Her Ideas?

            Is It Fact or Opinion?

            Does the Writer Make Value Judgments?

            Self-Test Summary

            Mastery Test 1: Critical Reading Skills

            Mastery Test 2: Critical Reading Skills

Mastery Test 3: READING SELECTION: “Reality Check: Reality TV Does Not Make You Feel Better,” Rosie Molinary


PART VI A Fiction Minireader

            Reading and Interpreting Short Stories

            The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin

            The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe

            Little BrotherTM , Bruce Holland Rogers

            Reading and Interpreting Novels

            Prologue from Water for Elephants , Sara Gruen


PART VII A Contemporary Issues Minireader

            Reading About Controversial Issues

Issue 1: Football Violence

      Is Football Wrong? Will Leitche

Issue 2: Discrimination Against Women

      Discrimination: Women Are Subject to Violence and Discrimination by Both the State and Society, Nadia Shahram

Issue 3: Texting between Students and Teachers

      Teachers Texting Students: Should Schools Ban or Encourage? Katherine Bindley

Issue 4: Cell Phones and Driving Safety

      Driving While on Cell Phone Worse than Driving While Drunk, Steven Reinberg, HealthDay

Issue 5: Pro and Con: Gun Ownership

      Pro: Why I Own Guns, Sam Harris

      Con: More Guns, More Mass Shootings—Coincidence? Mark Follman

Issue 6: Pro and Con: Reviving Extinct Species

      Pro: The Case for Reviving Extinct Species, Stewart Brand       Con: The Case Against Species Revival, Stuart Pimm




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