Becoming a Confident Reader / Edition 1

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The lowest-level text in the series, Becoming a Confident Reader focuses on such basic skills as active reading, using the dictionary, and finding the main idea. The text approaches reading as a process that students can discover and control by developing active reading and critical-thinking skills. Carefully crafted features ensure that students will be able to apply their reading skills in their other courses, their careers, and throughout their lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395718636
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
  • Publication date: 8/6/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 411
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Kanar (Valencia Community College, Emerita) is the author of several Houghton Mifflin writing, reading, and student success texts: Reading and Writing with Confidence, The Reader's Corner, Becoming a Confident Reader, The Confident Reader, and The Confident Student. She also developed Houghton Mifflin's ReadingSpace, a web-based reading assessment program. Kanar is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned the Master of Arts in English, and of Rollins College where she earned the Master of Education in reading. She has 27 years of teaching experience, 20 of which she spent at Valencia Community College teaching reading, writing, and study skills. A frequent conference presenter and speaker, Kanar has served on the Executive Board of the Florida Development Education Association and is an active member of the National Association of Developmental Educators.
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Table of Contents


Note: Each chapter begins with "What Do You Already Know?" and ends with "Real-World Connections," "How Well Do You Remember?," "What Do You Think?," two chapter quizzes, and a vocabulary quiz.

  • I. Building Confidence for Reading
  • 1. Reading Actively
    Time Management for College Students, Greg Gottesman
    Vocabulary Preview
    How Well Did You Comprehend?: Have a Positive Attitude; Make Time for Reading; Control Your Concentration; Use Reading Strategies
    • 2. Using Your Dictionary
      600 New Entries Give Dictionary What Was Missing, Associated Press
      Vocabulary Preview
      How Well Did You Comprehend?: Use Your Dictionary's Guide Words; Use the Parts of a Dictionary Entry; Make Note Cards for Words and Terms
      • 3. Using Context Clues
        Four Words, Bob Greene
        Vocabulary Preview
        How Well Did You Comprehend?: What Are Context Clues?; The Definition Clue; The Example Clue; The Contrast Clue; The Inference Clue
        • II. Improving Your Comprehension Skills
        • 4. Understanding Sentences and Transitions
          Goofing Off Is Fast Becoming a Lost Art, Ellen Graham
          Vocabulary Preview
          How Well Did You Comprehend?: Know the Parts of a Sentence; Identify Key Ideas and Details in Sentences; Know How Transitions Connect Ideas; Analyze Difficult Sentences
          • 5. Finding Main Ideas
            Making the Grade, Kurt Wiesenfeld
            Vocabulary Preview
            How Well Did You Comprehend?: Distinguish General from Specific Ideas; Identify the Author's Topic; Find the Topic Sentence of a Paragraph; Find the Central Idea of a Passage; Know How to Find ImpliedMain Ideas
            • 6. Identifying Supporting Details
              What's a Bagel? Jack Denton Scott
              Vocabulary Preview
              How Well Did You Comprehend?: Recognize Types of Details; Find Levels of Development in Paragraphs; Find Levels of Development in Longer Passages; Look for Transitions that Signal Details
              • 7. Recognizing and Following Thought Patterns
                How Gender May Bend Your Thinking, Christine Gorman
                Vocabulary Preview
                How Well Did You Comprehend?
                Know Six Basic Patterns: Pattern 1: Example; Pattern 2: Listing; Pattern 3: Time Order; Pattern 4: Comparison and Contrast; Pattern 5: Cause and Effect; Pattern 6: Definition
                • III. Reading and Thinking Critically
                • 8. Using Textbook Reading Strategies
                  Biases in Judgment, Saul Kassin
                  Vocabulary Preview
                  How Well Did You Comprehend?: Use Your Textbook's Features; Know How Chapters Are Organized; Use a Reading System
                  • 9. Reading Graphics with Understanding
                    Seizing Nature's Lifeline, Claudia Kalb and Melinda Beck
                    Vocabulary Preview
                    How Well Did You Comprehend?: Use PRT to Read Graphics; Recognize Four Types of Graphics; Make Your Own Graphics
                    • 10. Developing Your Critical Thinking Skills
                      The King of the Frogs, Humphrey Harmon
                      Vocabulary Preview
                      How Well Did You Comprehend?: Determine an Author's Purpose; Distinguish Facts from Opinions; Make Inferences from Your Reading; Evaluate What You Read
                      • IV. Using Your Skills: More Readings
                        Selection 1 It's Not My Fault, Carol Tavris
                        Selection 2 Parents Creating Unique Names, Cindy Roberts
                        Selection 3 The Struggle to Be an All-American Girl, Elizabeth Wong
                        Selection 4 Solitude Is Casualty of the War with Time, Cynthia Crossen
                        Selection 5 The Unwritten American Bargain, General Colin L. Powell
                        Selection 6 I Remember Masa, Jose Antonio Burciaga
                        Selection 7 Can We Talk? Diane White
                        Selection 8 Lotteries: Is It Right to Encourage Gambling? W.M. Pride and O.C. Ferrell
                        Selection 9 Replacement Organs Have Been Grown from Animal Tissue, Say Researchers, Ron Winslow
                        Selection 10 How the Camel Got His Hump, Rudyard Kipling
                        • Appendix A: Developing Your Library Skills
                        • Appendix B: Preparing Your Tests
                        • Partial Answer Key. Acknowledgements. Index

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