The Houghton Mifflin College Reading Series follows a consistent sequence and structure, pairing skills and strategies with paragraphs and short selections to introduce new concepts in context. The readings represent a diverse range of sources, including textbooks and magazines. The Houghton Mifflin College Reading Series Book 2, 2/e is the second book in a three-level series and is designed for mid-level reading courses. The readings in the Second Edition have been updated for currency and relevance to students' interest, and have been reviewed carefully to ensure grade-level appropriateness.
Note: Each chapter begins with Goals and Test Yourself and concludes with Chapter Reviews and Tests. 1. Improving Reading and Thinking The Importance of Good Reading Skills Reading and Academic Success Reading and Professional Success Reading and Personal Success Reading and Better Thinking How to Improve Reading Skills How This Book Will Help You Improve Your Reading Reading Strategy: Active Reading Reading Selections: Textbook Reading Selection: "Time Management for College Students," from Essential Concepts of Chemistry; Literary Selection: from On the Road, Jack Kerouac; Web Site Selection: "Ten Terrific Self-Motivating Tips," Mike Moore Vocabulary: Using the Dictionary Reading Visuals 2. Main Ideas General and Specific Determining the Topic Determining the Main Idea The Topic Sentence Locations of Topic Sentences Reading Selection: "Coping with Procrastination," Rebecca Moore, Barbara Baker, and Arnold S. Packer Vocabulary: Synonyms Reading Strategy: Creating an Effective Reading Environment Reading Visuals: Tables 3. Supporting Details, Mapping, and Outlining Major and Minor Details Transitions Mapping and Outlining Reading Selection: "Physical Attractiveness" Vocabulary: Context and Meaning Reading Strategy: Reading and Time Management Reading Visuals: Organizational Charts 4. Implied Main Ideas Understanding Implied Main Ideas Determining Implied Main Ideas Reading Selection: "One Man's Kids," Daniel Meier Vocabulary: The Definition/Restatement Context Clue Reading Strategy: SQ3R Reading Visuals: Flow Charts 5. Transitions Characteristics of Transitions Transition Words that Indicate a Series Transition Words that Indicate Time Order Transition Words that Indicate Cause/Effect Transition Words that Indicate Comparison/Contrast Transitions that Indicate Definition Transitions in Combinations of Patterns Reading Selection: "Classical Conditioning: Learning Signals and Associations" Vocabulary: The Explanation Context Clue Reading Strategy: Summarizing Reading Visuals: Pie Charts 6. Patterns of Organization Topic Sentences Series Time Order Cause/Effect Comparison/Contrast Definition Combination of Patterns Reading Selection: "Women React to Pain Differently Than Men," Rita Rubin Vocabulary: The Example Context Clue Reading Strategy: Taking Notes Reading Visuals: Line Graphs 7. Inferences Inferences Guidelines for Making Accurate Inferences Making Inferences in Literature Reading Selection: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank Vocabulary: The Contrast Context Clue Reading Strategy: Keeping a Reading Journal Reading Visuals: Bar Graphs 8. Purpose and Tone Purpose Bias and Tone Reading Selection: "You've Got Mail, But How About Romance?" Susan Lendroth Vocabulary: Formal vs. Informal Language Reading Strategy: REAP Reading Visuals: Diagrams 9. Critical Reading The Two Components of Argument: Point and Support Logical Fallacies Deciding for Yourself Reading Selection: "Pill-Popping Replaces Healthy Habits," Steven Findlay Vocabulary: Figures of Speech Reading Strategy: Skimming Reading Visuals: Maps 10. Reading Longer Selections Topic, Main Idea, and Thesis Supporting Details Implied Main Ideas Patterns of Organization Transitions Vocabulary: Review Reading Strategy: Scanning Combined Skills Tests "Development and Memory" from Essentials of Psychology "The Brain Game" "I Confess I Used Carbohydrates in My Wild Youth," Dave Barry "Dual-Earner Couples" from Industrial/Organization Psychology "I Know That Only Cowards Can Be Brave," Sandra Kimberley Hall