Developing Critical Reading Skills / Edition 9

Developing Critical Reading Skills / Edition 9

by Deanne Spears
     
 

Although the world has changed a lot since the first edition, the underlying premise of Developing Critical Reading Skills has not. The premise of the text is that good reading and clear thinking go hand in hand. For this reason, it emphasizes practice in sustained, analytical reading. Students first work with high-quality short passages before moving on toSee more details below

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Although the world has changed a lot since the first edition, the underlying premise of Developing Critical Reading Skills has not. The premise of the text is that good reading and clear thinking go hand in hand. For this reason, it emphasizes practice in sustained, analytical reading. Students first work with high-quality short passages before moving on to more substantive pieces of greater complexity. The readings explore diverse subjects: anthropology, sports, human behavior, politics, social policy, education, ethics, autobiography, personal reminiscence, the minority and immigrant experience, humor, satire, and so forth. The passages also reflect diverse writing styles, thereby giving students the experience of reading high-level prose by its best practitioners.

This book succeeds when students become more self-assured about their reading and when they recognize that reading well—with confidence, fluency, and enjoyment—is a significant part of their emotional and academic lives. As the book’s epigram by Tobias Wolff says: “A true piece of writing is a dangerous thing. It can change your life.” Students will feel genuine excitement when they encounter a writer who shows them a new way of looking at their lives and at the world. It is this feeling—this inspiration—that Deanne Spears imparts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780073407326
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
05/25/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
171,183
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Deanne Spears is originally from Portland, Oregon. She now considers herself a native Californian, having moved to Los Angeles when freeways and smog were relatively new concepts. During her childhood and adolescence, she spent carefree summers i na small farming community in northwest Iowa. After receiving a B.A. and an M.A. in comparative literature from the University of Southern California, she began teaching composition and reading at City College of San Francisco. She continues to tutor students in reading and composition and to conduct teacher-preparation workshops for the college. In addition to her primary interests - reading and studying Italian - she and her husband David enjoy cooking, watching movies (there are over 100 titles in their Netflix queue), kayaking in Princeton Harbor, camping (especially in the Gold Lakes Basin area of Northern California), and searching out inexpensive ethnic restaurants. Deanne is the author of Improving Reading Skills (7th edition, 2013) and, with David Spears, In Tandem: College Reading and Writing (2007), also published by McGraw-Hill.

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Table of Contents

PART I: READING FOR UNDERSTANDING: PRACTICE IN BASIC COMPREHENSION SKILLS
1: READING FOR THE MAIN IDEA AND AUTHOR'S PURPOSE
The Main Idea of the Paragraph
Main Idea and Controlling Idea
The Placement of the Main Idea
Implied Main Ideas
Levels of Support
The Author's Purpose and Modes of Discourse
Exercises
Selection 1: E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know
Selection 2: Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Selection 3: Jacques Leslie, "Running Dry," Harper's
Practice Essay: Bill Buford,, "Among the Thugs"
On the Web
2: READING BETWEEN THE LINES: Making Accurate Inferences
Facts and Inferences
Problems with Inferences
Explaining Sample Inferences
Using Evidence to Make Inferences
Making Open-Ended Inferences
Selection 1: Robert Lacey and Danny Danzinger, The Year 1000
Selection 2: Jan Yoors, the Gypsies
Selection 3: Diane Ackerman, The Natural History of the Senses
(and more...)

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