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CONNECT READING provides a personalized learning plan for each student, continually developed and refined as students achieve mastery. Each student plan is created through an individualized diagnostic that evaluates skills from 7th-grade level through college-readiness, for second-language learners, international students, adult students, and traditional high-schoolers. Offered completely online, CONNECT READING can be used in conjunction with THE ART OF CRITICAL READING, which provide a printed experience for genuine thinking, assessment, and interpretation.

The Art of Critical Reading provides multiple assessment opportunities, engaging and diverse reading selections, and in-context and essential vocabulary content in an integrated print and digital program designed to prepare students for reading in college and beyond.

The Art of Critical Reading uses the theme of art to create an exciting and engaging approach to reading and learning. Integrating art themes through reading selections, visuals, and exercises, the new edition offers a wealth of updated exercises and reading selections drawn from a variety of sources (college textbooks, newspapers, magazines, and classic and contemporary literature) to inspire students to read with passion and care.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073407210
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 70,885
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Mather earned his B.A. in Government from the University of the Redlands, his M.A. in African Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, his M.A. in Reading from California State Univeristy, Los Angeles, and his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Southern California. He has taught reading at the secondary, adult-education, and community-college levels for over twenty years. He has published articles in the Journal of Reading.

Ms. McCarthy earned a B.A. in Sociology and History from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in Education from Arizona State University. She has taught at the elememtary, secondary, adult-education, and community-college levels for over twenty years. For the past ten years, she has taught developmental reading and E.S.L. classes at Glendale Community College. Ms. McCarthy has published articles in professional journals and other media on the use of bibliotherapy. She has also published reading lists for beginning and remedial readers and is a reading specialist.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Instructor     xv
Preface to the Student     xxi
Learning How to Be a Successful Student     1
Introduction     2
The Scholar (1926)   Norman Rockwell     2
Portrait of a Successful Student     3
Learning Styles     4
The Syllabus     5
Review of an Art History Syllabus     5
Review of Your Own Course Syllabus     8
Crossword Puzzle     9
Selection: Commencement Address   Marian Wright Edelman     11
Vocabulary: Introduction     18
Optimism and Success     20
Selection: Excerpt from Lucky Man: "A Wake Up Call"   Michael J. Fox     21
Selection: Excerpt from Understanding Psychology: "Critical Thinking-Uncommon Sense"   Dennis Coon     27
My Uncle Terwilliger on the Art of Eating Popovers   Dr. Seuss     30
Life in College and Beyond     31
The Persistence of Memory (1931)   Salvador Dali     31
Portrait of a Successful Student (continued)     32
Selection: Excerpt from Concepts in Health   Paul M. Insel   Walton T. Roth     32
Underlining, Highlighting, Annotating     32
Selection: Excerpt from The Art of Spelling   Marilyn vos Savant     38
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving     44
Selection: Overcoming Dyslexia   Betsy Morris     46
Vocabulary: Words in Context     52
Context Clues: Exercise 1     54
Context Clues: Exercise 2     55
Context Clues: Exercise 3     55
SQ3R Study Method     56
Find Your Procrastination Quotient     57
And One More Thing!     57
Selection: Excerpt from You Can Make it Happen: "Win by a Decision"   Stedman Graham     58
Test-Taking Tip: Be Prepared     64
Discovering Meaning Through Structure     65
Topics, Main Ideas, and Details     66
Relativity (1953)   M. C. Escher     66
Topics and Main Ideas     67
Exercise: Locating Topics in Textbook Material     69
Exercise: Locating Main Ideas in Textbook Material     71
Exercise: Locating Supporting Details in Textbook Material     72
Exercise: Identifying Main and Supporting Ideas and Diagramming Paragraphs in Textbook Material     75
Selection: Black Men and Public Space   Brent Staples     77
Selection: The Look of a Victim   Loretta Malandro   Larry Barker     81
Main Ideas and Details in Textbook Material     82
Paraphrasing     84
Paraphrasing Quotations     84
Paraphrasing a Poem     85
Six Men of Indostan   John G. Saxe     85
Paraphrasing a Fable     86
The Cracked Pot     86
Islamic Folk Stories   Nasreddin Hodja     87
Formulating Implied Main Ideas in Textbook Material     89
Exercise: Formulating Implied Main Ideas in Textbook Material     92
Selection: Excerpt from Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down   Dave Barry     93
Selection: Excerpt from Gilbert's Living with Art: "Public Art"   Mark Getlein     96
Summarizing Short Articles     100
Vocabulary: Homonyms and Other Confusing Words (Unit 1)     101
Homonym Quiz     105
Crossword Puzzle     106
Test-Taking Tip: Day of the Test     107
The Author's Purpose and the Rhetorical Modes     108
The Oath of the Horatii (1784)   Jacques-Louis David     108
Determining the Author's Purpose     109
Exercise: Determining the Author's Purpose      110
Exercise: Identifying the Clues That Indicate the Author's Purpose and Main Idea     111
An Introduction to the Rhetorical Modes     113
Author's Purpose: To Inform     113
Selection: Excerpt from Understanding Psychology   Robert S. Feldman     114
Outlining     117
Author's Purpose: To Entertain     118
Selection: The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse   Aesop     118
Author's Purpose: To Persuade     121
Crossings   Judith Ortiz Cofer     121
Selection: Excerpt from Interpreting Art: "Interpreting Out Loud"   Terry Barrett     122
Selection: Life On The Edge   Karl Taro Greenfeld     126
Context Clue Practice Using Textbook Material     132
Vocabulary: Homonyms and Other Confusing Words (Unit 2)     134
Homonym Quiz     137
Crossword Puzzle     138
Test-Taking Tip: After the Test Is Returned     139
Transition Words and Patterns of Organization     140
The Cardsharps (1594)   Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio     140
Transition Words     141
Exercise: Using Transition Words     141
Locus of Control     143
Some Common Patterns of Organization     145
Classification or Division     146
Lies, Lies, Lies     146
Cause and Effect     147
Examples and Illustration     148
Comparison-Contrast     150
Creating a Comparison-Contrast Chart     151
Main Ideas, Details, Purpose, Patterns of Organization, Transitions     151
Crime at Its Best   Stoddard King     152
Listing     153
And The Third Biggest Lie Is...   Ann Landers     153
Steps in a Process     154
Definition     155
Burglary     156
Mapping     157
Chronological Order     158
Brancusi's Bird: Manufactured Metal or Work of Art     158
Time Lines     159
Identifying Patterns of Organization in Textbook Material     160
Selection: School Cheating Scandal Tests a Town's Values   Jodi Wilgoren     164
Study Technique 8: Summarizing Longer Articles     170
Transition Words, Main Ideas and Supporting Details, and Vocabulary in Context     171
Excerpt from Gilbert's Living with Art: "Whose Grave Is This Anyway"   Mark Getlein     173
Test-Taking Tip: Dealing with Test-Taking Anxiety     178
Interpreting What We Read     179
Inference     180
The Horse Fair (1853)   Rosa Bonheur     180
Introduction to Inference Skills     181
Barney   Will Stanton     183
A Remote-Controlled Rat: Using Robotics, Researchers Give Upgrade to Lowly Rats; Study Sees Job for Rodents at Disaster Sites   Kenneth Chang     186
Drawing Inferences from Textbook Material     188
Drawing Inferences from Literature     193
Selection: The Life and Death of a Western Gladiator   Charles Finney     193
Drawing Inferences from Cartoons     198
The Wolf in Fables   Aesop     199
Selection: Excerpt from Wolf Songs: "George"   Farley Mowat     200
Selection: Excerpt from Seabiscuit: "The Race of the Century"   Laura Hillenbrand     208
Selection: Excerpt from Living with Art: "Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)"   Rita Gilbert     214
Test-Taking Tips: Creating Review Tools     217
Figurative Language     218
The Two Fridas (1939)   Frida Kahlo     218
Types of Figurative Language     219
Identifying Similes, Metaphors, and Personification      220
Interpreting Figurative Language     220
Identifying and Interpreting Figurative Comparisons     221
Analyzing Figurative Language in Poetry     222
Symposium   Paul Muldoon     222
The First Book   Rita Dove     224
Selection: To Be of Use   Marge Piercy     225
Analyzing Figurative Language in Fiction     227
Excerpt from Caramelo: "Acapulco"   Sandra Cisneros     227
Analyzing Figurative Language In Nonfiction     229
Selection: Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fall   Diane Ackerman     229
The Use of Symbols     232
Color Communication     233
Imagery     234
Analyzing Imagery     235
Selection: Excerpt from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: "Heaven and Earth in Jest"   Annie Dillard     235
Main Ideas and Supporting Details, Transition Words, Vocabulary in Context, and Imagery     237
Excerpt from Frida: "Accident and Aftermath"   Hayden Herrera     237
Selection: From the Subway to the Streets   Nina Siegal     241
Test-Taking Tip: Taking Multiple-Choice Tests     248
Tone     249
American Gothic (1930)    Grant Wood     249
Inferring Tone     250
Identifying Tone     251
Identifying Tone in Textbook Material     253
Determining Tone in Literature     256
Exercise: Detecting Tone     259
Daughter's Friend Is a Boy   Art Buchwald     259
Irony and Satire     262
Exercise: Identifying Irony and Satire     262
Bodybuilders' Contest   Wislawa Szymborska     262
Selection: Waiting in Life's Long Lines   Tom Mather     263
Selection: The Art Breakers   Patrick Rogers   Peter Mikelbank     266
Test-Taking Tip: Taking Multiple-Choice Tests (continued)     270
Reading Critically     271
Fact and Opinion     272
Mona Lisa (1503)   Leonardo da Vinci     272
Introduction to Fact and Opinion     273
Identifying Facts and Opinions     273
Identifying Facts and Opinions     274
Selection: Excerpt from Introduction to Psychology: "Pseudopsychology-Astrology"   Dennis Coon     276
Selection: Excerpt from Don't Know Much About the Universe: "What Does Astrology Have to Do with Astronomy?"   Kenneth C. Davis      279
Selection: A Review of The Sixth Sense   Roger Ebert     282
Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion     284
Selection: Excerpt from Core Concepts in Health: "Herbal Remedies-Are They Safe?"   Paul M. Insel   Walton Roth     285
Selection: When Health Supplements May Do Harm   Benjamin J. Ansell, M.D.     288
Selection: Are We Dying to Be Thin?   Mary Carmichael     293
Evaluating Health News     295
The Facts About Health Information on the Internet     296
Supporting Details and Inference     299
Excerpt from Gilbert's Living with Art: "Vincenzo Perugia"   Mark Getlein     299
Test-Taking Tip: Improving Your Performance on Essay Tests (1)     302
Point of View     303
Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1981-1983)   Maya Ying Lin     303
Introduction to Point of View     304
Identifying Point of View     305
Identifying an Author's Point of View in Textbook Material     305
Selection: Popular Mechanics   Raymond Carver     308
Selection: The Lady or the Tiger?   Frank R. Stockton     310
Selection: Excerpt from America Past and Present: "Surviving Vietnam"   Robert A. Divine      317
Vietnam War Memorial: Multiple Points of View     322
What's In A Name     322
Vietnam Memorial War     324
What Happens When a Woman Designs a War Monument?     326
Vietnam Memorial     328
Boundaries     329
A Quiet Place for Personal Reflection     331
Test-Taking Tip: Improving Your Performance on Essay Tests (2)     335
Bias     336
The Uprising (1848)   Honore Daumier     336
Introduction to Bias     337
Denotative and Connotative Language     338
Recognizing Connotative Meaning     338
Identifying Connotative Language     339
Using Connotative Language     339
Euphemism     340
Exercise: Identifying Euphemisms     341
Selection: Excerpt from Teachers, Schools, and Society: "Seven Forms of Bias"   Myra Sadker   David Sadker     341
Selection: Textbook Bias Cops Ban Ideas: "Kids' Free Thought Loses to Sensitivity"   Diane Ravitch     345
Excerpt from Teachers, Schools, and Society: "Where Do You Stand?"   Myra Sadker   David Sadker     349
Multiculturalism versus Core Curriculum     351
Selection: Excerpt from Teachers, Schools, and Society: "Cultural Literacy or Cultural Imperialism?"   Myra Sadker   David Sadker     351
Selection: Excerpt from The Death of the West: "The New History"   Patrick J. Buchanan     354
Is the United States Going Test Crazy?     357
Exercise: Identifying Bias in Textbook Material     359
Exercise: Identifying Bias     363
Selection: Excerpt from Mass Media Mass Culture: "Propaganda"   James R. Wilson   Stan LeRoy Wilson     363
Exercise: Identifying Propaganda Devices     367
Test-Taking Tip: Improving Your Performance on Essay Tests (3)     369
Analyzing and Evaluating Arguments     370
Trial by Jury (1964)   Thomas Hart Benton     370
Identifying Arguments     371
Evaluating Arguments     371
An Introduction to Logical Fallacies     372
Exercise: Identifying Logical Fallacies     375
Exercise: Identifying Arguments     377
Our Heritage: Legal and Political     382
Selection: Excerpt from John Adams: "Jefferson, Adams, and the Declaration of Independence"   David McCullough     382
Venn Diagram     388
Selection: Excerpt from Benjamin Franklin: An American Life: "Benjamin Franklin-Declaring Independence"   Walter Isaacson     388
Annotating-An Example: The Declaration of Independence     392
Selection: Excerpt from The Majesty of the Law: "The Evolution of the Bill of Rights"   Sandra Day O'Connor     398
The Bill of Rights     404
Five Tests of Your Freedoms The USA Weekend First Amendment Center Poll     406
Test-Taking Tip: Key Words That Often Appear in Essay Questions     410
Evaluating the Evidence     411
The Thinker (1880)   Auguste Rodin     411
Evaluating Persuasive Writing     412
Characteristics of the Audience     417
Outlining     418
Introduction to Deductive and Inductive Reasoning     418
Exercise: Identifying Inductive and Deductive Arguments     421
Death and Dying     422
Selection: Dreaming of Disconnecting a Respirator   Elissa Ely     423
Selection: The Good Death: Embracing a Right to Die Well   Sheryl Gay Stolberg     426
Selection: Excerpt from Core Concepts in Health: "El Dia de los Muertos-The Day of the Dead"   Paul M. Insel   Walton T. Roth     432
Animal Rights     436
Selection: Excerpt from Animal Experimentation Raises Ethical Questions   Eli C. Minkoff   Pamela J. Baker     437
Selection: The Monkey Wars   Deborah Blum     442
Selection: An excerpt from Ddminion   Matthew Scully     451
Test-Taking Tip: Key Words That Often Appear in Essay Questions (Continued)     458
Study Skills     459
Organizing Textbook Information     460
Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin (1995)   Christo   Jeanne-Claude     460
Studying Textbook Chapters     461
Skimming     461
Scanning     461
Annotating     462
Outlining     462
Mapping     463
Comparison-Contrast Chart     463
Venn Diagram     465
Selection: Chapter 13 The Arts   Conrad Phillip Kottack     466
Test-Taking Tip: Preparing for Standardized Tests     482
Vocabulary     483
Vocabulary Units     484
Unit 1     485
Unit 2     489
Unit 3     493
Unit 4     498
Unit 5     503
Unit 6     508
Unit 7     513
Unit 8     518
Test-Taking Tip: Taking Standardized Tests     523
Appendices     525
Visual Aids     526
Using a Thesaurus     537
Spelling Tips     542
Sample Summary     544
Vocabulary Word Parts     545
Internet Site Evaluation Sheet     548
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