Critical Reading, Critical Thinking: A Contemporary Issues Approach / Edition 2

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The first developmental reading book to take a contemporary issues approach, Critical Reading, Critical Thinking offers a brief review of important developmental reading skills followed by a sequence of chapters covering critical reading.Interesting, relevant, and fun, this book offers increased focus on vocabulary and critical thinking, providing an even stronger connection between the development of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills with contemporary issues. The examples and readings are all drawn from a variety of contemporary genres: from today's headlines and news shows to movies and magazines. The readings range from animal rights to European integration to teen pregnancy to religious and cultural clashes in the United States. Each chapter includes mastery tests with both subjective and objective questions in keeping with instructors' desire for easy-to-grade homework. Each chapter includes a large number of activities and practice exercises to help readers apply what they have learned. Think About It! exercises contain photographs, advertisements, and other visual aids to encourage critical thinking. A unique chapter on reading advertisements critically allows readers to apply critical thinking to the real world. In keeping with its critical reading approach, throughout the book the author provides several suggestions for evaluating Internet resources.For those seeking to develop their reading skills using a contemporary issues approach.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321088352
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/15/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

I. BACK TO BASICS.

1. Understanding Vocabulary—A Review.
Think About It!
Using Context Clues.
Punctuation.
Synonyms.
Antonyms.
Examples.
General Sentence Clues.
Using Word Parts.
Roots.
Prefixes.
Suffixes.
Using a Glossary.
Using the Dictionary.
Learning and Reviewing.
Vocabulary Words.
Looking Back.
Think Again!
And Again!
The Dashing Detective.
Mastery Test I-1.
Mastery Test 1-2.
Mastery Test 1-3.

2. Understanding What You Read: A Review.
Think About it!
Distinguishing Main Ideas, Major Details, and Minor Details.
Unstated Main Ideas.
Recognizing Patterns of Organization.
Simple Listing of Facts.
Time Sequence.
Comparison and Contrast.
Cause and Effect.
Uncovering the Central Message of a Longer Selection.
Summarizing And Paraphrasing.
Looking Back.
Think Again!
The Dashing Detective.
Mastery Test 2-1.
Mastery Test 2-2.
Mastery Test 2-3.

3. Getting the Most out of Your Textbooks: A Review.
Think About It!
Overviewing Your Textbooks.
Previewing Textbook Chapters.
Reading a Textbook Chapter Critically: Questions and Answers.
Looking Back.
Think Again!
The Dashing Detective.
Mastery Test 3-1.
Mastery Test 3-2.
Mastery Test 3-3.
Playing Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

II. DEALING WITH COMPLEXITY.

4. Critical Thinking and Contemporary Issues.
Think About It!
Critical Thinking Versus Random Thinking.
Benefits and Uses of Critical Thinking.
Characteristics of Critical Thinking.
Flexibility.
Clear Purpose.
Organization.
Time and Effort.
Asking Question and Finding Answers.
Research.
A Word of Caution When Using the Internet for Research.
Coming to Logical Conclusions.
What Is a Contemporary Issue?
Determining What Is at Issue.
Distinguishing Among Opposing Viewpoints.
Expressing a Personal Viewpoint.
Eye of Vocabulary.
Looking Back.
Think Again!
The Dashing Detective.
Mastery Test 4-1.
Mastery Test 4-2.
Mastery Test 4-3.

5. Basic Problem Solving.
Think About It!
Problem-Solving Exercise.
What Is a Problem?
What Ss a Solution?
How Do You Solve Problems?
Problem Solving and Critical Thinking.
A Basic Method for Personal Problem Solving.
Step 1: Identifying the Problem.
Step 2: Gathering Information and Determining If the Problem can Be Broken Down.
Step 3: Thinking About Possible Solutions and Weighing the Advantages and Disadvantages of Each.
Step 4: Choosing a Possible Solution.
Step 5: Checking Back on the Problem and the Possible Solution.
Applying the Method to a Typical Problem Situation.
Eye on Vocabulary.
Looking Back.
Think Again!
The Dashing Detective.
Mastery Test 5-1.
Mastery Test 5-2.
Mastery Test 5-3.
Playing Holmes and Watson.

III. CRITICAL READING: EVALUATING WHAT YOU READ.

6. Using Inference.
Think About It!
Problem-Solving Exercise.
What Is Critical Reading?
Drawing Inferences.
Using Knowledge to Infer.
Using Experience to Infer.
Using Clues to Infer.
Looking at the World with a Questioning Mind.
Using Inferences with Contemporary Issues and Problem Solving.
Eye on Vocabulary.
Looking Back.
Think Again!
The Dashing Detective.
Mastery Test 6-1.
Mastery Test 6-2.
Mastery Test 6-3.

7. Distinguishing Between Facts and Opinions.
Think About It!
Problem-Solving Exercise.
Why Distinguish Between Facts and Opinions?
What Is a Fact?
What Is an Opinion?
Facts and Opinions in Combination.
Relating Facts and Opinions to Problem Solving and Contemporary Issues.
Eye on Vocabulary.
Looking Back.
Think Again!
The Dashing Detective.
Mastery Test 7-1.
Mastery Test 7-2.
Mastery Test 7-3.

8. Recognizing Purpose and Tone.
Think About It!
Problem-Solving Exercise.
The Importance of Recognizing Purpose.
To Inform.
To Persuade.
To Entertain.
Combination of Purposes.
Eye on Vocabulary.
The Importance of Recognizing Tone.
Matter-of-Fact Tone.
Humorous Tone.
Angry Tone.
Sad Tone.
Ironic Tone.
Eye on Vocabulary.
Looking Back.
Think Again!
The Dashing Detective.
Mastery Test 8-1.
Mastery Test 8-2.
Mastery Test 8-3.

9. Looking at Advertisements with a Critical Eye.
Think About It!
Problem-Solving Exercise.
Advertisements and Critical Thinking.
Evaluating an Advertisement.
How Does It Try to Catch the Interest of Readers?
To Whom Is It Designed to Appeal?
What Is It Trying to Persuade Readers to Buy, Do, or Think?
What Benefit to Readers Is It Stressing?
How Convincing Is It?
Eye on Vocabulary.
Looking Back.
Think Again!
The Dashing Detective.
Mastery Test 9-1.
Mastery Test 9-2.
Mastery Test 9-3.
Mastery Test 9-4.
Playing Holmes and Watson.
Homes and Watson to the Rescue One Last Time.

Glossary.

Credits.

Index.

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