Reading and All That Jazz

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2009-03-12
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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This introductory-to-intermediate reading text provides motivating and engaging readings selected to gain and hold readers' attention; clear explanations to help grasp basic concepts for successful reading; and a wide variety of well-developed practice exercise to provide genuine thinking, interpretation, and even some improvisation.

Table of Contents

Getting a Handle on College
Introduction Your First Week in Class
Assignment Sheets
Are Your Ready for College?
Margin Seligman, "Optimism and Success"
Vocabulary: Introduction
Chapter Summary and Review.
How We Learn: Finding 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?
"The Two Most Dangerous Hours of Your Day"
Left-Brain and Right-Brain Orientation: Which One Are You?
Multiple Intelligences: What Rea Your Strengths?
"What Is Intelligence, Anyway?"
Stress Inventory: How Much Stress Is There in Your Life?
"An Easy Choice"
Study Schedules
SQ3R: A Classic Way to Study
*Fred Hofstetter "Internet Etiquette"
Chapter Review and Summary
Discovering Meaning through Structure
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
"Grandmother's Fable"
Implied Main Ideas
Your Gender Communication Quotient
"What Women Don't Understand about Guys"
U.S. News & World Report "This Is 911 . . . Please Hold"
Determining an Author's Purpose
Author's Purpose; To Entertain
"The Shepherd's Daughter"
Authors Purpose: To Inform
"From a Melted Candy Bar to Microwaves"
Author's Purpose: To Persuade
"Students Who Push Burgers"
What's Your Opinion?
Writing Summaries
"Letter to Olivia"
Chapter Summary and Review
Vocabulary: Word Structure and Unit 1
Transition Words and Patterns of Organization
Description of Transition Words and Patterns of Organization
Transition Words
Steps-in-a Process
Chronological Order
Transition Worlds and Patterns of Organization(Continued)
Nonverbal Communication: Topic Main Ideas, Details Exercise
"Road Rage" (criminology textbook)
"Identity Theft" (criminal justice textbook)
Chapter Review and Summary
Interpreting What We Read
Introduction to Drawing Inferences
Fannie Flagg Excerpt from Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man
"Inside the Vicious Heart"
"Thomas Broderick"
Chapter Review and Summary
Vocabulary: Unit 2
Figurative Language
Figures of Speech-Similes, Metaphors, and Personification
"The Love of My Life"
The Use of Symbols
"The Road Not Taken"
"Guernica" (art history textbook))
"The Yellow Ribbon"
Literary Allusions
"The Black Widow"
"A Blizzard Under Blue Sky"
Chapter Summary and Review
Inferring Tone
"The Fixed"
"A Letter to God"
"The Animal School"
"Hurts Rent-A-Gun"
Chapter Summary and Review
Vocabulary: Unit 3
Recognizing Modes of Writing
Four Primary Modes
An Introduction to Modes of Writing (Rhetorical Modes)
"Checking on the Kids"
"What Is Poverty?"
"The Poor: Who and How Many?" (political science textbook)
"Is Poverty Sustainable?"
"Thank You Ma'm"
"A Son's Memoir"
"On Aging"
"Sibling Relationships and Birth Order" (child development textbook)
Chapter Summary and Review
Vocabulary: Unit 4
Modes of Organization
An Introduction to the Modes of Organization
Cause and Effect
Comparison Contrast
"The Roots of Happiness: An Empirical Analysis" (psychology textbook)
"The Big Win: Life After the Lottery"
Chronological Order and Summaries of Longer Articles
"Charley's Secret"
"My Possessions Myself"
Steps in a Process
"Developmental Stages in Intimate Relationships" (communications textbook)
Cause and Effect
"The Chaser"
Reading Critically
Fact and Opinion
Learning to Read Critically
"Listening: To Tell Fact from Opinion"
"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
"The Defendant's Characteristics" (psychology textbook)
"Beware of Doublespeak" (speech textbook)
"A Birthday Party" (short story/Literature)
"Beyond Stereotypes of Cops" (criminology textbook)
"A Hanging"
Propaganda Techniques
What Are They and How Are They Used?
More Propaganda Techniques
Last Major Propaganda Technique
"Boosting Smoking Among Women" (mass communications textbook)
Violence in the Media
"Violence in Television and Video Games: Does the Media's Message Matter?" (psychology textbook)
Chapter Summary and Review
Vocabulary: Unit 6
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)
"Eyewitness Testimony" (psychology textbook)
Evaluating the Evidence in Editorials, Letters to the Editor, and Advertisement, and a Cartoon
"Marijuana-Background Information" (health textbook)
Associated Press "Medical Marijuana Ruling"
Arguments For and Against Legalizing the Use of Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes:
"For" Argument
"Against" Argument
Arguments For and Against the Current "War on Drugs"
Analyzing the Editorials-Propaganda Techniques
Analyzing the Editorials-Techniques for Appealing to Readers
Arguments For and Against the Current "War on Drugs"
USA Today Editorial Staff "Against" Argument
"For" Argument by John P. Walters
Letters to the Editor
For Legalizing the Use of Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes
Against Legalizing the Use of Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes
Against the Current War on Drugs
Against the Current War on Drugs
Evaluating an Advertisement
Evaluating a Political Cartoon
Chapter Summary and Review
Becoming Ready for Content-Area Classes
Scanning and Skimming
"The American Environment: ‘Silent Spring'" (American history textbook)
"Pesticides: An Asset and a Liability" (biology textbook)
"A Fable for Tomorrow"
Chapter Summary and Review
Vocabulary: Word Parts and Review
Organizing Textbook Information
Annotating Your Textbook
Studying Textbook Chapters
Time Lines
Comparison-Contrast Chart
"Jazz in America", from The World of Music (music appreciation textbook)
Using the Dictionary
Visual Aids
Test Taking Techniques
Sample Summaries
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