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- Explicit academic skills — From critical reading to vocabulary building, notetaking and critical thinking, the Longman Academic Reading Series provides students with a holistic approach to effective reading.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 BUSINESS: Steve Jobs, Innovator and CEO
Reading One The Extraordinary Life of Steve Jobs
Reading Two The Pixar Story
Reading Three The Map of Innovation
Chapter 2 PSYCHOLOGY: Fear and Phobias
Reading One When Does a Fear Become a Phobia?
Reading Two Case Studies
Reading Three Treatments for Phobias
Chapter 3 NUTRITION STUDIES: Food Rules
Reading One An Interview with Michael Pollan
Reading Two Bad Food? Tax It, and Subsudize Vegetables
Reading Three Humane Treatment of Animals We Eat
Chapter 4 MEDICINE: Pioneers and Heroes
Reading One The Hippocratic Oath -- A Modern Version
Reading Two The Invisible Enemy
Reading Three That Mothers Might Live
Chapter 5 AMERICAN LITERATURE: Ernest Hemingway's "Indian Camp"
Reading One Indian Camp -- Part I
Reading Two Indian Camp -- Part II
Reading Three Hemingway's Style
Chapter 6 ART HISTORY: The Life and Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
Reading One A Biography of Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)
Reading Two The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
Reading Three Portrait of Dr. Gachet: A Timeline
Chapter 7 FORENSICS: Science and Fiction
Reading One Basic Pinciples of Forensics
Reading Two The "CSI Effect" Is a Mixed Blessing for Real Crime Labs
Reading Three The Forensic Use of DNA
Chapter 8 PREHISTORY: From Wolf to Dog
Reading One More Than Man's Best Friend
Reading Two Domesticating Wolves
Reading Three Frisky to the Rescue in Hurricane Katrina
Chapter 9 EDUCATION STUDIES: Overcoming Inequalitieis
Reading One Savage Inequalities: Children in American Schools
Reading Two The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Reading Three Where I Learned to Read
Chapter 10 SOCIOLOGY: Crime and Punishment
Reading One The Global Context
Reading Two Socological Theories of Crime
Reading Three Prison Programs That Work