Activate: College Reading

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Overview

Taking a holistic approach to developmental reading, ACTIVATE: COLLEGE READING is the first book in a 3-book series. It guides students through a stepped and incremental approach, activating background or prior knowledge as many of the skills students need to become stronger readers are skills they already possess and use on a daily basis. Often using popular media as a springboard, Dole and Taggart show students how the skills used when watching television or movies can easily transfer to their reading. Reviewers have lauded the inclusion of varied, interesting readings that will stimulate students' interest in reading and will provide them with background knowledge needed for future college courses.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This text offers the scaffolding approach to the reading skill process and has current and interesting material for the students to relate to in addition to a conversational approach that students would favor. The skills are all those that we consider important for our students and the reading levels appear appropriate for the diversity seen in our classes."

"I like the way the way Activate emphasizes using all modes of learning. Most books at the lower level do not include chapters on previewing a reading and activating schemas. Having students think about TV programs and movies in this context is unique."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413033151
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivan G. Dole began teaching with the Dallas County Community College District in 1999 while earning an MA in Linguistics from the University of North Texas in Denton. Over the course of his career, he has taught all levels of developmental reading, developmental writing, and ESOL, including two years overseas in South Korea. Professor Dole began writing textbooks while serving as coordinator for the Developmental Reading Department at North Lake College in Irving, Texas. The desire to write a textbook arose early in his career and was fostered during his involvement with an award-winning, innovative, multi-discipline faculty team from his campus that focused on effective teaching and learning across academic disciplines. The emphasis on concepts such as collaborative learning, critical thinking, scaffolding of knowledge, making connections across academic disciplines, solidifying learning outcomes, and increasing student retention helped refine the thoughts and ideas for ENGAGE: COLLEGE READING.

Leslie Taggart has developed more than one hundred college textbooks in the disciplines of college reading, developmental writing, first-year composition, linguistics, literature, and study skills, mostly as a freelance editor. She has contributed chapters to college textbooks in the fields of English as a Second Language, literature, and rhetoric, co-authored an edition of a developmental writing text, and revised several texts, including two handbooks and a fivebook composition series. Leslie has taught English as a second language at the high school level, and English as a foreign language at an agricultural college in China. She has been a volunteer literacy tutor and spent two years tutoring in the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. Leslie earned the Master Practitioner certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming from the New England Institute of NLP.

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Table of Contents

PART I: ACTIVE READING. Read and Talk: CSI's Adam Rodriguez Looks Beyond 'Miami'. Reading Is an Active Process. Lesson 1: Before You Read or View, Take Four Actions. Survey to get an overview of what's coming. Guess the purpose of the program or reading selection. Predict what's going to happen. Think about your prior knowledge of the subject matter. Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. Master Your Skills 2. Lesson 2: While You Read or View, Stay Active and Focused. Picture or hear what the author is saying. Put ideas into your own words. Predict what the author is going to say next. Search for connections to your own life and to other ideas and situations. Be open to learning something new. Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. Master Your Skills 2. Lesson 3: After You Read or View, Think, Talk, and Write. Think about the ideas in the reading selection. Talk about the ideas in the reading selection. Write about the ideas in the reading selection. Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. Master Your Skills 2. Summary Activity: Active Reading. Application: Active Reading. No Michael Jacksons Here (Web site article). Test 1: Reading Comprehension. A Fresh Solution, by Neil Postman (nonfiction book). PART II: VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT. Read and Talk: Child Hero: Bethany Hamilton. Improve Your Vocabulary to Make Reading Easier. Lesson 4: Before You Read, Use Word Parts to Expand Your Vocabulary. Test your prior knowledge. Look for meaning in word parts. Look at prefixes for changes to meaning. Look at suffixes to see how words act in sentences. Word Parts Glossary. Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. Master Your Skills 2. Lesson 5: While You Read, Define Words in Context. Find context clues while reading. Recognize four kinds of context clues. Look for signal words. Create EASY notecards to study words. Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. | Master Your Skills 2. Lesson 6: While You Read and After You Read, Use the Dictionary. Understand different types of dictionaries. Know what kinds of information you can find in a dictionary entry. Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. Master Your Skills 2. Lesson 7: While You Read and After You Read, Examine the Author's Tone. Understand the difference between denotation and connotation. Consider a word's degree of intensity. Tone supports the author's purpose. Learn to use more specific tone words. Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. Master Your Skills 2. Summary Activity: Vocabulary Development. Application: Vocabulary Development. Mistakes, I've Made a Few, by Kyle Busch (online newspaper article). Test 2: Reading Comprehension. Winning Every Day: Pat Summitt's Strategy Centers on Goal Setting (magazine article). PART III: MAPPs for Reading Comprehension. Read and Talk: "I Know What I Like" (music textbook). MAPP: A Reading Plan. Lesson 8: Mark: Ask Questions and Mark the Answers. Step 1: Form questions from titles and headings. Step 2: Read for the answer to your question. Step 3: Mark the answer to your question. Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. Master Your Skills 2. Lesson 9: About: Find the Topic. The A of MAPP is "About." What is the reading about? The topic. The topic is repeated. The topic is general. Decide how broad or narrow the topic is. Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. Master Your Skills 2. Lesson 10: Point: Identify the Main Idea. The first P of MAPP is "Point." What is the point? The main idea. The main idea isn't always stated. Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. Master Your Skills 2. Lesson 11: Proof: Recognize the Supporting Details. The second P of MAPP Is "Proof." What is the proof for the author's point? The supporting details. Major details are different from minor details. Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. Master Your Skills 2. Summary Activity: MAPP for Reading Comprehension. Application: MAPP for Reading Comprehension. The Mystery of Music, by Sting (commencement speech). Test 3: Reading Comprehension. The Power of Music, by Judy Foreman (online magazine article). PART IV: READING TEXTBOOKS. Read and Talk: Romanovs (1918) (Forensics textbook). Reading Textbooks for Maximum Comprehension. Lesson 12: Recognizing Patterns of Organization. Major details are often organized in patterns. Time order: When did that happen? Space order: Where are things located? Definition: What does this mean? Examples: What are examples of this general idea? Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. Master Your Skills 2. Lesson 13: Recognizing More Patterns of Organization. Cause and effect: What made this happen? What does this lead to? Comparison and contrast: How are these the same? How do they differ? Classification: What kinds are there? Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. Master Your Skills 2. Lesson 14: Studying Textbook Chapters. Make sense of the "text" in your textbook. Learn useful note taking strategies. Use the chapter resources to improve your comprehension. Interpret the meaning of visuals. Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. Master Your Skills 2. Summary Activity: Reading Textbooks. Application: Reading Textbooks. William Bass (textbook). Test 4: Reading Comprehension. CSI Effect (magazine). PART V: CRITICAL READING. Read and Talk: Failure Is a Good Thing, by Jon Carroll (online article). Thinking Critically About What You Read. Lesson 15: Asking Questions to Improve Your Thinking. Critical thinking is a learning process. Critical thinking level 1: Remember. Critical thinking level 2: Understand. Critical thinking level 3: Apply. Critical thinking level 4: Analyze. Critical thinking level 5: Evaluate. Critical thinking level 6: Create. Recognizing critical thinking verbs on tests. Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. Master Your Skills 2. Lesson 16: Analyzing Facts, Opinions, and Inferences. Facts can be verified. Opinions cannot be verified. Facts and opinions often appear together. A fact is a fact, but an opinion needs to be supported by proof. Certain kinds of words indicate opinions. Inferences are made from the author's words and your logic. Activate Your Skills 1. Activate Your Skills 2. Master Your Skills 1. Master Your Skills 2. Summary Activity: Critical Reading. Application: Critical Thinking. Lessons from the Oscars: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities, by Jill Koenig (online magazine). Test 5: Reading Comprehension. Joe Kapp: Life Lessons from a, Football Superstar, from Yolanda Nava, ed. (nonfiction book). PART VI: READINGS. Reading Comprehension Skills Review. Theme 1: Hunger Pangs. Reading 6-1. The Science of Appetite, by Jeffrey Kluger (newspaper article). Reading 6-2. Why Do I Overeat? (health textbook). Reading 6-3. Money Is Tight, and Junk Food Beckons, by Tara Parker-Pope (newspaper article). Theme 2: Relating to Others. Reading 6-4. A Tense Moment in Iraq, by Daniel Goleman (nonfiction book). Reading 6-5. Your Facebook Relationship Status: It's Complicated, by Claire Suddath (magazine article). Reading 6-6. Understanding Empathy: Can You Feel My Pain? by Richard A. Friedman (newspaper article). Theme 3: Making Healthy Choices. Reading 6-7. Bragging on MySpace, by Dina Fine Maron (online). Reading 6-8. A Soap Opera's Sex Is All for a Good Cause by Jennifer V. Hughes (newspaper article). Reading 6-9. Body Dysmorphic Disorder, by Teens Health (online article). PART VII: More Tips for Reading and Taking Tests. Reading Fiction. Reading Online. Taking Tests.

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