Reading Themes and Skills: A Skills-Based American Culture Reader

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  • Copyright: 2007-02-06
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
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Reading Themes and Skills contains original engaging readings designed to help intermediate students develop stronger academic reading skills and build American cultural literacy. The textbook's introduction reviews the parts of speech and vocabulary. Pre-reading activities develop skills like predicting and building background knowledge. Readings are linked by theme and followed by reading strategies and skills as well as: Skill Study-scanning, making inferences, reading for details, finding main ideas, and understanding voice and audience, Grammar in Context-review and practice of specific grammar points, Focus on Parts of Speech-review of each part of speech, Theme Study-discussion and vocabulary activities that deepen understanding of the theme and reading passages. A variety of activities are included that recycle and practice the vocabulary presented in the book. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

To the Instructorp. ix
Introduction: The Basicsp. 1
Eating Out / Eating Inp. 12
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisesp. 13
Building Background Knowledgep. 13
More Theme Study: Words about Diningp. 14
Subs, Heroes, Grinders, and Hoagiesp. 16
Skill Studyp. 18
Reading for Detailsp. 18
Reflecting on What You've Readp. 19
Scanning Practicep. 19
Vocabulary Studyp. 20
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisesp. 22
Gathering Information from the Titlep. 22
Predicting/Analyzing the Title of the Readingp. 22
Talking about the Ideas in the Readingp. 23
Dear Mom: A College Student's Letter Homep. 24
Skill Studyp. 27
Understanding the Readingp. 27
Reading for Detailsp. 28
Finding the Main Idea of a Paragraphp. 29
Parts of Speech: Adjectives Studyp. 30
Text-Based Writing Assignmentp. 31
Theme Study: Analyzing Events/Chronologyp. 32
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisesp. 33
Building Background Knowledgep. 33
Leftoversp. 34
Skill Studyp. 37
Understanding the Readingp. 37
Summarizingp. 38
Focus on Parts of Speech: Conjunctionsp. 39
Grammar in Context: Identifying Discourse Markersp. 40
Vocabulary Review Activitiesp. 44
In Stylep. 49
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisesp. 50
Previewing the Vocabularyp. 50
Building Background Knowledgep. 52
Talking about the Ideas in the Readingp. 52
Style in Americap. 53
Skill Studyp. 55
Understanding the Readingp. 55
Reading for Detailsp. 56
Making Inferencesp. 57
Reflecting on What You've Readp. 59
Grammar in Context: Simple Sentencesp. 61
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisep. 64
Talking about the Ideas in the Readingp. 64
The Emperor's New Clothesp. 65
Skill Studyp. 69
Understanding the Readingp. 69
Reading for Detailsp. 70
Scanning Practicep. 71
Vocabulary Studyp. 72
Reading Skills: Understanding Fictionp. 73
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisesp. 76
Vocabulary Practicep. 76
Talking about the Ideas in the Readingp. 77
Halloween: Costumes and Customsp. 77
Skill Studyp. 80
Understanding the Readingp. 80
Reading for Detailsp. 82
Finding the Main Idea of a Paragraphp. 83
Text-Based Writing Assignmentp. 83
Identifying Parts of Speechp. 83
Focus on Parts of Speech: Prepositions and Articlesp. 84
Vocabulary Review Activitiesp. 85
At Homep. 87
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisesp. 88
Building Background Knowledgep. 88
Vocabulary Studyp. 89
At Home with the Amishp. 91
Skill Studyp. 93
Reading for Detailsp. 93
More Reading for Detailsp. 94
Comparing Two Genresp. 95
Understanding Film Terms and Conceptsp. 96
Talking About the Ideas in the Filmp. 97
Video-Based Writing Assignmentp. 97
Focus on Parts of Speech: Nounsp. 97
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisep. 100
Understanding Organizationp. 100
The Adventures of a Maple Leafp. 101
Skill Studyp. 104
Finding the Meaning of Words from Contextp. 104
Making a Chronological Outlinep. 105
Grammar in Context: Comparative and Superlative Adjectivesp. 106
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisesp. 108
Understanding the Narratorp. 108
Building Background Knowledgep. 108
Tippy, the War Herop. 109
Skill Studyp. 114
Reading for Detailsp. 114
Understanding Discourse Markersp. 114
Making a Chnronological Outlinep. 115
Text-Based Writing Assignmentp. 115
Vocabulary Review Activitiesp. 116
In Shapep. 121
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisesp. 122
Previewing the Vocabularyp. 122
Building Background Knowledgep. 123
Previewing the Readingp. 124
The Super Bowlp. 124
Skill Studyp. 126
Understanding the Readingp. 126
Scanning Practicep. 129
Finding the Main Idea of a Paragraphp. 129
Reading for Detailsp. 130
Finding Facts by Scanningp. 131
Vocabulary Studyp. 131
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisep. 132
Understanding Symbolic Characteristics of Animalsp. 132
The Tortoise and the Harep. 133
Skill Studyp. 136
Reading for Detailsp. 136
Talking about the Ideas in the Readingp. 137
Vocabulary Studyp. 137
Grammar in Context: Irregular Past Tense Verbsp. 139
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisep. 140
Predictingp. 140
Analyzing Characteristics of Familyp. 141
A Chance for Gloryp. 142
Skill Studyp. 144
Making Inferencesp. 144
Reading for Detailsp. 144
Literary Analysisp. 145
Text-Based Writing Assignmentp. 145
Vocabulary Studyp. 146
Focus on Parts of Speech: Pronounsp. 147
Vocabulary Review Activitiesp. 149
Out of This Worldp. 151
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisesp. 152
Previewing the Vocabularyp. 152
Building Background Knowledgep. 152
Skimming to Understand the Organizationp. 153
Ghosts in the White Housep. 154
Skill Studyp. 157
Telling Fact from Claim or Opinionp. 157
Understanding the Readingp. 158
Talking about the Ideas in the Readingp. 160
Vocabulary Studyp. 161
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisesp. 162
Analyzing Differencesp. 162
Hanbu and Nobu: A Tale of Two Brothersp. 164
Skill Studyp. 168
Analyzing Endingsp. 168
Reading for Detailsp. 169
Understanding the Readingp. 170
Talking about the Ideas in the Readingp. 171
Vocabulary Studyp. 172
Grammar in Context: Sentence Typesp. 174
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisesp. 176
Building Background Knowledgep. 176
The Vortex in Sedona, Arizona: A Trip out of This Worldp. 176
Skill Studyp. 178
Understanding the Readingp. 178
Reading for Detailsp. 180
Scanning Practicep. 181
Text-Based Writing Assignmentp. 182
Focus on Parts of Speech: Verbsp. 183
Vocabulary Review Activitiesp. 185
It's the Weekend!p. 187
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisesp. 188
Building Background Knowledgep. 188
Tailgatingp. 190
Skill Studyp. 193
Understanding the Readingp. 193
Scanning Practicep. 195
Finding Facts by Scanningp. 196
Vocabulary Studyp. 197
Handy People and Home Improvement Projectsp. 198
Skill Studyp. 202
Understanding the Readingp. 202
Understanding the Organizationp. 203
Vocabulary Studyp. 204
Focus on Parts of Speech: Adverbsp. 205
Theme Study: Pre-Reading Exercisesp. 207
Building Background Knowledgep. 207
Weekend Dogp. 208
Skill Studyp. 211
Understanding the Readingp. 211
Reading for Detailsp. 212
Reviewing Narrative Voicep. 212
Finding the Main Idea of a Paragraphp. 214
Grammar in Context: Time Words in Chronologyp. 215
Text-Based Writing Assignmentp. 218
Vocabulary Review Activitiesp. 218
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