Exercise Your College Reading Skills: Developing More Powerful Comprehension / Edition 1

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Through the familiar and motivating metaphor of sports, Janet Elder (Opening Doors, New Worlds) provides students extensive opportunities to learn, apply, and reinforce essential reading skills.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072563801
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 467
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

JANET ELDER was graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin with a B.A. in English and Latin. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was the recipient of a government fellowship for Southern Methodist University's Reading Research Program, which resulted in a master's degree. Her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in reading is from Texas Woman's University where the College of Education presented her the Outstanding Dissertation Award. She established the first comprehensive secondary reading program in the Dallas Independent School District, and has conducted extensive staff development training for Dallas area teachers. After teaching reading and study skills courses at Richland for several years, she was asked to develop and implement an honors program for the college. After coordinating the honors program during its first six years, she resumed teaching full time. In addition to teaching reading courses, Dr. Elder periodically serves on interdisciplanary teaching teams for honors English and humanities courses. She has served on a task force that re-evaluated Richland's writing-across-the-curriculum program. She has twice received the Extra Mile Award from special services (disabilities) students, has twice been her division's Piper Award nominee for excellence in teaching, and in 1993 received an Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. In 1999 she was one of three nominees for Richland's Excellence in Teaching Award. A frequent presenter at professional conferences and inservice workshops, she has a deep interest and expertise in “brain friendly” instruction.

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Table of Contents

To the Instructor

Introduction


The “Secrets” of Success


A User’s Guide to the Brain


Handle Textbooks and Textbook Assignments Like a Pro

PART ONE: WARM-UP



Chapter 1: Determine the Meaning of an Unfamiliar Word through Context


The Skill: Determine the Meaning of an Unfamiliar Word by Using the Context
The Technique: Use Five Types of Context Clues
The Trainer: Applying the Skill of Using Context Clues
The Edge: Pointers about Using Context Clues
The Replay: Remember the Essential Information from the Chapter
The Practice: Apply the Skill of Using Context Clues
Three Sets of Practice Exercises



Chapter 2: Analyze Word Structure


The Skill: Analyze Word Structure


The Technique: Use Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes to Unlock Word Meanings
The Trainer: Applying the Skill of Analyzing Word Structure
The Edge: Pointers about Analyzing Word Structure
The Replay: Remember the Essential Information from the Chapter
The Practice: Apply the Skill of Analyzing Word Structure
Three Sets of Practice Exercises

PART TWO: BASIC WORKOUT


Chapter 3: Determine the Topic of a Paragraph


The Skill: Determine the Topic of a Paragraph
The Technique: Use the Four Clues to the Topic
The Trainer: Applying the Skill of Determining the Topic of a Paragraph
The Edge: Pointers about Determining the Topic of a Paragraph
The Replay: Remember the Essential Information from the Chapter
The Practice: Apply the Skill of Determining the Topic of a Paragraph
Three Sets of Practice Exercises



Chapter 4: Identify the Stated Main Idea Sentence and the Supporting Details of a Paragraph



The Skill: Identify Stated Main Ideas
The Technique: Find the Sentence that Has the Characteristics of a Main Idea Sentence
The Trainer: Applying the Skill of Identifying Stated Main Ideas
The Edge: Pointers about Identifying Stated Main Ideas
The Replay: Remember the Essential Information from the Chapter (Stated Main Idea)
The Skill: Identify the Supporting Details of a Paragraph
The Technique: Identify Supporting Details
The Trainer: Applying the Skill of Identifying Supporting Details
The Edge: Pointers about Identifying Supporting Details
The Replay: Remember the Essential Information from the Chapter (Supporting Details)
The Practice: Apply the Skill of Identifying Stated Main Ideas
Three Sets of Practice Exercises



Chapter 5: Formulate the Implied Main Idea Sentence of a Paragraph


The Skill: Formulate the Implied Main Idea Sentence of a Paragraph
The Technique: Use the Three Formulas for Formulating an Implied Main Idea
The Trainer: Applying the Skill of Formulating an Implied Main Idea
The Edge: Pointers about Formulating an Implied Main Idea
The Replay: Remember the Essential Information from the Chapter

Transition Words, Metacognition, and Relationships Within and Between Sentences
The Practice: Apply the Skill of Formulating an Implied Main Idea
Three Sets of Practice Exercises



Chapter 6: Recognize Authors’ Writing Patterns



The Skill: Recognize Authors’ Writing Patterns
The Technique: Learn the Characteristics of Authors’ Writing Patterns
The Trainer: Applying the Skill of Recognizing Authors’ Writing Patterns
The Edge: Pointers about Recognizing Authors’ Writing Patterns
The Replay: Remember the Essential Information from the Chapter
The Practice: Apply the Skill of Recognizing Authors’ Writing Patterns
Three Sets of Practice Exercises

PART THREE: BASIC STRETCHING



Chapter 7: Apply All the Basic Skills to Paragraphs


The Practice: Apply All the Basic Skills to Paragraphs
Three Sets of Practice Exercises

PART FOUR: ADVANCED WORKOUT



Chapter 8: Distinguish Facts from Opinions


The Skill: Distinguish Facts from Opinions
The Technique: Apply the Characteristics of Facts and Opinions
The Trainer: Applying the Skill of Distinguishing Facts from Opinions
The Edge: Pointers about Distinguishing Facts from Opinions
The Replay: Remember the Essential Information from the Chapter
The Practice: Apply the Skill of Distinguishing Facts from Opinions
Three Sets of Practice Exercises



Chapter 9: Make Inferences and Draw Conclusions


The Skill: Make Inferences and Draw Conclusions
The Technique: Base Inferences and Conclusions on the Passage
The Trainer: Applying the Skill of Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
The Edge: Pointers about Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
The Replay: Remember the Essential Information from the Chapter
The Practice: Apply the Skill of Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
Three Sets of Practice Exercises
Bonus Items



Chapter 10: Determine an Author’s Purpose, Tone, Point of View, and Intended Audience


The Skill: Determine an Author’s Purpose, Tone, Point of View, and Intended Audience
The Technique: Ask the Purpose, Tone, Point of View, and Intended Audience Questions
The Trainer: Applying the Skills of Determining an Author’s Purpose, Tone, Point of View, and Intended Audience
The Edge: Pointers about Determining an Author’s Purpose, Tone, Point of View, and Intended Audience
The Replay: Remember the Essential Information from the Chapter
The Practice: Apply the Skill of Determining an Author’s Purpose, Tone, Point of View, and Intended Audience
Three Sets of Practice Exercises



Chapter 11: Evaluate an Author’s Argument


The Skill: Evaluate an Author’s Argument
The Technique: Identify the Issue and the Author’s Argument, Then Ask the Evaluation Questions
The Trainer: Applying the Skill of Evaluating an Author’s Argument
The Edge: Pointers about Evaluating an Author’s Argument
The Replay: Remember the Essential Information from the Chapter
The Practice: Apply the Skill of Evaluating an Author’s Argument
Three Sets of Practice Exercises

PART FIVE: ADVANCED STRETCHING


Chapter 12: Apply All the Advanced Skills to Single- and Multiple-Paragraph Selections


The Practice: Apply All the Advanced Skills to Paragraphs
Three Sets of Practice Exercises

PART SIX: COOLDOWN


Chapter 13: Interpret Graphic Aids


The Skill: Interpret Graphic Aids
The Technique: Interpret Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Pie charts, Flowcharts, and Tables
The Trainer: Applying the Skill of Interpreting Graphic Aids
The Edge: Pointers about Interpreting Graphic Aids
The Replay: Remember the Essential Information from the Chapter
The Practice: Apply the Skill of Interpreting Graphic Aids
Three Sets of Practice Exercises



Chapter 14: Organize Information for Study



The Skill: Organize Information for Study
The Technique: Mark and Annotate Textbooks, Take Notes, Make Outlines and Study Maps, and Write Summaries
The Trainer: Applying the Skill of Organizing Information for Study
The Edge: Pointers about Organizing Information for Study
The Replay: Remember the Essential Information from the Chapter
The Practice: Apply the Skill of Organizing Information for Study
Three Sets of Practice Exercises

PART SEVEN: GRAND SLAM: PLAYING IN THE BIG LEAGUES



Chapter 15: Apply All the Skills You Have Learned


Reading Selections:
Selection 1: “Threats to Computer Security” (Computer Science)
Selection 2: “Achieving What You Really Want in Life” (Personal Success)
Selection 3: “The Stem Cell Controversy” (Biology/Ethics)
Selection 4: “Burglars and Burglary, Robbers and Robbery, and Hot Products” (Criminology)
Selection 5: “Repressed Memories: Truth or Fiction?” (Psychology)
Selection 6: “Do You Know What Video Games Your Children Are Playing?” (Psychology/Popular Culture)
Selection 7: “Reality Bytes: Eight Myths about Video Games Debunked” (Psychology/Popular Culture)
Selection 8: “Summer Vacation of Our Discontent” (Education)
Selection 9: “Adulthood: Baby Boomers and Generation Xers” (Human Development)
Selection 10: “A Strategy for Managing Cash” (Personal Finance)
Selection 11: “Legal Rights of Gays and Lesbians” (Political Science)
Selection 12: “Terrorism and Political Geography” (Geography)

Kudos to You from Your Coach!

Appendixes

Appendix 1: List of Word Parts

Appendix 2: Test-taking

Appendix 3: Recognizing Propaganda and Fallacies

Appendix 4: Conducting Research Using the Internet and Evaluating Websites

Appendix 5: Learning Style Tips

Appendix 6: Four Common Figures of Speech

Photo Credits

Index
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