Basic Skills and Strategies for College Reading: A Text with Thematic Reader

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//-->8748C-4, 0-13-087483-3, McGrath, Dr. Jane L., Basic Skills and Strategies for College Reading: A Text with Thematic Reader//--> Helping users acquire the essential reading skills they will need to effectively comprehend what they are reading and become independent and successful learners, this cognitive-based guide presents research-validated reading strategies that demonstrate how to plan, monitor, and evaluate personal developmental reading skills. Covers previewing, understanding vocabulary, identifying and understanding main ideas, identifying major and minor supporting details, identifying the way an author organizes details and/or sentences, distinguishing between facts and opinions, making valid inferences, and determining a thesis. Contains three thematic reading units (personal development, American government, and biology). Each offers three to five diverse, high-interest articles on the unifying topic taken from texts, magazines and newspapers, and covering such topics as computers, personal finance, music, communications, personal development, environmental science, sociology, career exploration, geography, psychology, history, health, and human relations. Integrated web exercises direct users to appropriate Internet sites on content-related tasks. For anyone looking to improve and/or develop their reading skills.

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Would you like a book that can help you focus while reading, allowing you to easily retain the main gist of articles, essays, and other material? This basic skills reading book addresses the needs of those who would like to improve their reading, comprehension, and vocabulary-building skills, preparing users to meet the demands of their tasks at work and in life. This book describes the skills necessary and introduces strategies that allow for effective reading; it includes numerous articles, essays, and other selections with varied themes. Skills topics include: previewing books, understanding vocabulary, understanding main ideas, understanding implied main ideas and supporting details, and reading multi-paragraph selections. Because it presumes no advanced inference skills, this book provides an opportunity to learn how to read efficiently and effectively. As such, it's a perfect resource for those involved with Continuing Education and ESL classes; also, managers, executives, and others who need to read manuals, reports, and business-related articles will find this a useful and informative book.

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BASIC SKILLS AND STRATEGIES FOR COLLEGE READINGS A TEXT WITH THEMATIC READER is designed for college students in a first-level reading course (7-10th grade level). The text focuses on the essential reading skills necessary for effective comprehension and logically develops each of its six instructional chapters with explanations, examples, and practice to help students progress smoothly. This sequence of development encourages students to connect and integrate the new skills and information they are learning with what they already know.

The text also features three Thematic Reading Units—personal development, American government, and biology—each with a complete college text chapter as well as 3 to 5 supporting articles on the unifying topic. These thematic units supply multiple exposures to a topic, thus providing a scaffolding of knowledge that allows students to handle more sophisticated material, encourages a meaningful/connected understanding of the topic, and promotes critical thinking as students view a topic from a variety of perspectives. The book also provides authentic reading tasks to help prepare students to meet the demands of the texts and tasks they will encounter in future classes.

The text also offers:

  • End-of-chapter and end-of-theme Web Exercises that direct students to Internet sites appropriate to a specific content-related task.
  • A Companion Website (www.prenhall.com/mcgrath) that provides students with Web links, supplementary reading, additional vocabulary, and comprehension practice.
  • A variety of high-interest paragraphs and mufti-paragraph expository pieces from texts, magazines, and newspapers on diverse subjects, including personal finance, using the Internet, music, personal development, environmental science, career exploration, geography, biology, history, health, American government, and human relations.
  • An Appendix—Taking Standardized Reading Tests—provides useful information in a format that allows instructors to use it when it is most appropriate for their students.
  • Students can self check odd-numbered exercises with the "Suggested Answers" in the backmatter, while even-numbered exercises and "Putting It All Together" exercises can be used to monitor progress.

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