Reading and All That Jazz

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Designed to help students become jazzed about reading, this introductory-to-intermediate reading text provides motivating and engaging readings selected to grab the reader's attention.Reading and All That Jazz, Third Edition, also features clear explanations and a wide variety of well-developed practice exercises designed to provoke genuine thinking, interpretation, and even some improvisation on the part of the student and the instructor. The theme of jazz encourages a positive, exciting, personally involved approach to reading and learning.

Table of Contents

*New to this edition

PART 1 Getting a Handle on College

Introduction Your First Week in Class

Assignment Sheets

*Taking Objective Tests

Are Your Ready for College?

Colin Powell Excerpt from My American Journey

Pablo Neruda Excerpt from Ode to the Present

Vocabulary: Introduction

Robert Olen Butler Crickets

Chapter Summary and Review.

CHAPTER 1How We LearnFinding Out about Ourselves

Auditory, Visual, or Kinesthetic: What Is Your Learning Style?

Vocabulary: Words in Context

Day versus Night People: Are You More of a Morning Lark or a Night Owl?

Lowell Ponte The Two Most Dangerous Hours of Your Day

Left-Brain and Right-Brain Orientation: Which One Are You?

Multiple Intelligences: What Rea Your Strengths?

Isaac Asimov What Is Intelligence, Anyway?

Stress Inventory: How Much Stress Is There in Your Life?

Rick Reilly An Easy Choice

Study Schedules

SQ3R: A Classic Way to Study

*Gregory Hamilton Analyzing Internet Sites

Chapter Review and Summary

PART 2 Discovering Meaning through Structure

CHAPTER 2 Topics, Main Ideas, and Details

Description of Topics, Main Ideas, and Details

Distinguishing between General and Specific

Locating Topics and Main Ideas

Paragraph Diagrams

Main Idea: Location of the Main Idea


Tran Thi Nga Grandmothers Fable

Implied Main Ideas

Your Gender Communication Quotient

Dave Barry What Women Dont Understand about Guys

U.S. News & World Report This Is 911 . . . Please Hold

CHAPTER 3 Determining an Authors Purpose

Authors Purpose; To Entertain

William Saroyan The Shepherds Daughter

Authors Purpose: To Inform

Ira Flatow From a Melted Candy Bar to Microwaves

Authors Purpose: To Persuade

Walter Minot Students Who Push Burgers

Whats Your Opinion?

Writing Summaries

Mel Allen Letter to Olivia

Chapter Summary and Review

Vocabulary: Word Structure and Unit 1

CHAPTER 4 Transition Words and Patterns of Organization

Description of Transition Words and Patterns of


Transition Words




Steps-in-a Process



Chronological Order


Transition Worlds and Patterns of Organization(Continued)

Nonverbal Communication: Topic Main Ideas, Details


*Freda Adler, Gerhard O. W. Mueller, and William S. Laufer Road Rage (criminology textbook)

William Nack and Lester Munson Out of Control

Chapter Review and Summary

PART 3Interpreting What We Read

CHAPTER 5 Inference

Introduction to Drawing Inferences

Fannie Flagg Excerpt from Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man

Robert Devine Inside the Vicious Heart

Tom Brokaw Thomas Broderick

Chapter Review and Summary

Vocabulary: Unit 2

CHAPTER 6 Figurative Language

Figures of SpeechSimiles, Metaphors, and Personification

Ann Landers The Love of My Life

The Use of Symbols

Robert Frost The Road Not Taken

Rita Gilbert Guernica (art history textbook))

Pete Hamill The Yellow Ribbon

Literary Allusions


Bill Bryson Terror in a Tent

Pam Houston A Blizzard Under Blue Sky

Chapter Summary and Review


Inferring Tone

Annie Dillard The Fixed


Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes A Letter to God


Dr. George H. Reavis The Animal School

Art Buchwald Hurts Rent-A-Gun

Chapter Summary and Review

Vocabulary: Unit 3

PART 4Recognizing Modes of Writing

CHAPTER 8Four Primary Modes

An Introduction to Modes of Writing (Rhetorical Modes)


*Michelle Kennedy Checking on the Kids


*Jo Goodwin Parker What Is Poverty?


*Thomas Patterson The Poor: Who and How Many? (political science textbook)


*Barbara Ehrenreich Is Poverty Sustainable?

Langston Hughes Thank You Mam

John Daniel A Sons Memoir

*Peter Salovey So Whats Your EQ?

Maya Angelou On Aging

Daniel Goleman Impulse Control: The Marshmallow Test

Mary Pipher TV

Chapter Summary and Review

Vocabulary: Unit 4

CHAPTER 9Modes of Organization

An Introduction to the Modes of Organization

Cause and Effect

Comparison Contrast

*Wayne Weiten and Margaret Lloyd The Roots of Happiness: An Empirical Analysis (psychology textbook)


*Sonja Lyubomirsky Eight Keys to a More Satisfying Life

Chronological Order and Summaries of Longer Articles

Shannon Moon Leonetti Charleys Secret


Russell W. Belk My Possessions Myself

Steps in a Process

*Ronald B. Adler, Russell F. Proctor, and Neil Towne Developmental Stages in Intimate Relationships (communications textbook)

Cause and Effect

John Collier The Chaser


*Joshua Plven, David Borgenicht, and Jennifer Worick The Its Not You, Its Me Letter

PART 5 Reading Critically

CHAPTER 10 Fact and Opinion

Learning to Read Critically

Shirley Haley-James and John Warren Stewig Listening: To Tell Fact from Opinion

*Thomas Patterson The Nature of Public Opinion by Thomas Patterson (political science textbook)

Patricia Wen Excerpt from Superstitions Help Us Cope

Chapter Summary and Review

Vocabulary: Unit 5


An Introduction to Bias

David G. Myers The Defendants Characteristics (psychology textbook)


*Hamilton Gregory Beware of Doublespeak (speech textbook)

Katharine Brush A Birthday Party (short story/Literature)

*Samuel Walker and Charles Katz Beyond Stereotypes of Cops (criminology textbook)

George Orwell A Hanging

Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing

George W. Bush A Statement on Timothy McVeighs Execution

CHAPTER 12 Propaganda Techniques

What Are They and How Are They Used?

More Propaganda Techniques

Last Major Propaganda Technique

*Stanley J. Baran Boosting Smoking Among Women (mass communications textbook)

Violence in the Media

*Robert S. Feldman Violence in Television and Video Games: Does the Medias Message Matter? (psychology textbook)

Chapter Summary and Review

Vocabulary: Unit 6

CHAPTER 13 Evaluating the Evidence

Introduction to Evaluating Persuasive Writing

Drawing Conclusions: Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

Selection: DNA Fingerprinting by Ruth Bernstein and

Stephen Bernstein (biology textbook/Biology, Criminology)

*Jennifer Thompson Eyewitness Testimony (psychology textbook)

Evaluating the Evidence in Editorials, Letters to the Editor, and Advertisement, and a Cartoon

*Paul M. Insel MarijuanaBackground Information (health textbook)

*Associated Press Medical Marijuana Ruling

Arguments For and Against Legalizing the Use of Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes:

*Ethan Madelmann For Argument

*John P. Walters Against Argument

Arguments For and Against the Current War on Drugs

Analyzing the EditorialsPropaganda Techniques

Analyzing the EditorialsTechniques for Appealing to Readers

Arguments For and Against the Current War on Drugs

*USA Today Editorial Staff Against Argument by

*John P. Walters For Argument by John P. Walters

Letters to the Editor

*Gary Storck Letter 1: For Legalizing the Use of Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes

*The OReilly Factor Letter 2: Against Legalizing the Use of Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes

*Mitch Earleywine Letter 3: Against the Current War on Drugs

*Kirk Muse Letter 4: Against the Current War on Drugs

Evaluating an Advertisement

Evaluating a Political Cartoon

Chapter Summary and Review

Part 6 Becoming Ready for Content-Area Classes

CHAPTER 14 Scanning and Skimming


*Alan Brinkley The American Environment: Silent Spring (American history textbook)


*Sylvia Mader Pesticides: An Asset and a Liability (biology textbook)

*Rachel Carson A Fable for Tomorrow

Chapter Summary and Review

Vocabulary: Word Parts and Review

CHAPTER 15 Organizing Textbook Information

Annotating Your Textbook

Studying Textbook Chapters



Time Lines

Comparison-Contrast Chart

*Jean Ferris Excerpts from Chapters 9, 10, and 11, Americas Musical Landscape (music appreciation textbook)

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