Improving Reading Skills / Edition 4

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Overview

The sixth edition offers students insightful, engaging, contemporary selections that to challenge them and to make them want to turn the page. The book’s subtitle, Contemporary Readings for College Students, reflects the nature of the book. In addition to acquiring skills, students will learn something about the world as they read.

In addition to the readings, the book includes a wide variety of practice exercises to reinforce good reading skills and to help students develop a college-level vocabulary. This basic principle—high-interest contemporary readings and useful exercises—has accounted for the book’s success in the past and remains the guiding principle for this edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072297225
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 8/13/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.78 (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

Preface
To the Student
Introduction 1
Sample Reading Selection: "Reading, Writing, and Technology" 4
How Not to Be an Oaf at the Supermarket 23
A Slave Witness of a Slave Auction 32
Its OK to Be Smart 41
La Vida Loca ('The Crazy Life'): Two Generations of Gang Members 48
The Three Stress Situations 58
The Unseen Homeless Women 66
The Conveyor-Belt Ladies 75
The Life and Death of a Western Gladiator 89
Enjoying the Great Indoors 100
The Vanuatuan Origins of Bungee Jumping 108
Gawk Shows 117
The $165,000 Restaurant Tab 128
Sea Islands' South Africa 137
The New Plantations 144
In Praise of Bats 149
The Women Who Dared to Drive 167
Why You Should Read to Your Kids 178
Learning by Doing: Apprenticeship Programs 188
Greetings from the Electronic Plantation: A Day in the Life of the Working Poor 199
Jobs: Skills before Credentials 212
Don't Think about It Too Much 222
Where Do We Stand? 231
The Doctor's Dilemma 245
A Tale of Two Proms, One Black, One White 254
A Hanging 264
Teaching Right From Wrong 275
Medical Technology Puts the Biological Clock on Hold 288
Frankenstein's Baby 292
Animal Rights: Right or Wrong? 299
The Abominable Snowman: Is He Still Out There? 321
The Pill Turns 30 331
As Lazy as a Beaver 344
Mysteries of the Very, Very Deep 355
Sizing Up the Sexes 365
A Night of Ice and Death 380
How Asian Teachers Polish Each Lesson to Perfection 399
It Takes Two to Tango 413
Using the Dictionary 431
Study Skills: Techniques for Improving Your Study Habits 441
Reading Comprehension Progress Chart 471
Index 473
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