Developing Critical Reading Skills / Edition 9

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Overview

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 Higher Education
  • Publication date: 5/25/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 154,384
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide
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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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