Basic Skills and Strategies for College Reading: A Text with Thematic Reader (with MyReadingLab Student Access Code Card) (2nd Edition)

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9780136016328: Basic Skills and Strategies for College Reading: A Text with Thematic Reader (with MyReadingLab Student Access Code Card) (2nd Edition)

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 ( 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.

About the Author:

Jane L. McGrath earned her undergraduate degrees in education and mass communications and her Ed.D. in reading education from Arizona State University. During her more than twenty-five years with the Maricopa Colleges, McGrath taught a variety of reading, English, journalism, and computer applications courses. McGrath has received Innovator of the Year honors from the Maricopa Colleges and the League of Innovation in Community Colleges. She has also received Outstanding Citizen awards from the cities of Phoenix and Tempe for her community service work. McGrath now combines talents with her husband Larry on a wide range of writing and computer projects from travel articles to cookbooks to technical pieces for the high-performance automotive industry. She is a member of the National Association of Developmental Educators and the College Reading and Learning Association.

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McGrath, Jane L.
Published by Prentice Hall (2007)
ISBN 10: 0136016324 ISBN 13: 9780136016328
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