A Community of Readers: A Thematic Approach to Reading / Edition 6

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Organized around high-interest, contemporary themes, A Community of Readers presents college reading and study skills in the context of real-life issues relevant to students' lives. Throughout, the text emphasizes student involvement in the stages of the reading/learning process: prereading, active reading, post-reading activities, and critical reflection. Students learn to comprehend, analyze, and organize information from textbook selections and various other sources and to apply their reading and critical thinking skills to study the issues and consider solutions both individually and collaboratively. A Community of Readers leads students to learn, practice, and review the skills needed to successfully adapt reading and study strategies to their academic course work.
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"I like the thematic chapters - I think the examples and structure of the book is the best I've seen. Periodically I look at the texts which are something like "skills for critical reading" but I find the structure better in this one. My favorite part is at the end of the vocabulary section where students are reminded they don't need to look up words. Throughout the text, there's a realistic bent to the content. So I can usually follow it up by saying, let's face it....and we can talk about real things that students do. I also love the note-taking chapter (chapter 4). It stresses that students are unique and I encourage that."

"I especially like having a variety of readings to select from in each chapter, as well as having various practice exercises in each chapter. The reading topics are very interesting and deal with many current issues as well being presented at a level that is appropriate level for college students in developmental reading classes. Having a theme for each chapter brings cohesiveness to all the work in each chapter."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111834579
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 166,551
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Roberta Alexander is Professor Emeritus at San Diego City College. She has taught Reading, Composition, Literature, Chicano Studies, and Black Studies as well as English as a Second Language courses for the San Diego Community College District since 1974. Formerly the Department Chair of English, Chair of Chairs, and Academic Senate President, she now focuses on teaching and writing. She is the author of a series of college reading textbooks. Dr. Alexander earned her BA in Spanish Literature from University of California, Berkeley and her PhD in Comparative Literature from University of California, San Diego.

Jan Jarrell is the ESOL coordinator at San Diego City College. She has taught English as a Second Language, Reading, and Composition courses in both the credit and noncredit divisions of the San Diego City College District since 1989. She has held a number of leadership positions including Department Chair and Interim Associate Dean in the noncredit division, and Basic Skills Coordinator.

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Table of Contents

To the Instructor
To the Student: Welcome to A Community of Readers
1 Celebrating Self and Community: The Reading Process (PRO) 1
2 Living on Earth: Topics and Main Ideas 36
3 Staying Healthy: Supporting Details 74
4 Living in the City, Living in the Country: Thought Patterns 115
5 Working and Choosing a Career: Using Visual Aids and Notetaking 157
6 Dealing with Gender: Inference, Connotation/Denotation, and Figurative Language 197
7 Living in a Diverse Society: Facts and Opinions 230
8 Looking Back/Looking Forward: Critical Thinking 260
App Extending Your Thinking 305
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