Improving Reading Skills / Edition 6
  • Improving Reading Skills / Edition 6
  • Improving Reading Skills / Edition 6

Improving Reading Skills / Edition 6

by Deanne Spears
     
 

ISBN-10: 0073407240

ISBN-13: 9780073407241

Pub. Date: 01/05/2009

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.

Improving Reading Skills helps students improve the skills required to meet the demands of college work. The Third Edition features thirty-eight readings - including thirty new selections - drawn from books, magazines, and newspapers. Students learn reading and study skills as they read real-life material. Readings, of varying length and difficulty, have been chosen…  See more details below

Overview

Improving Reading Skills helps students improve the skills required to meet the demands of college work. The Third Edition features thirty-eight readings - including thirty new selections - drawn from books, magazines, and newspapers. Students learn reading and study skills as they read real-life material. Readings, of varying length and difficulty, have been chosen for their high interest level, diverse writing styles, and timely coverage of current issues. Improving Reading Skills is based on the premise that good vocabulary is essential for good comprehension skills. Students become actively involved with vocabulary through the "Word Origins" sections, which provide the history of a word, its root, and its progression into the English language. Extensive exercises after each reading build the following skills: determining the main idea and the author's purpose, comprehending main ideas, distinguishing between main ideas and supporting details, recognizing supporting details, making inferences, drawing conclusions, distinguishing between fact and opinion, analyzing organization and seeing relationships, understanding and using vocabulary, and writing paraphrases and short summaries.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780073407241
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
Publication date:
01/05/2009
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
To the Student
Introduction1
Sample Reading Selection: "Reading, Writing, and Technology"4
How Not to Be an Oaf at the Supermarket23
A Slave Witness of a Slave Auction32
Its OK to Be Smart41
La Vida Loca ('The Crazy Life'): Two Generations of Gang Members48
The Three Stress Situations58
The Unseen Homeless Women66
The Conveyor-Belt Ladies75
The Life and Death of a Western Gladiator89
Enjoying the Great Indoors100
The Vanuatuan Origins of Bungee Jumping108
Gawk Shows117
The $165,000 Restaurant Tab128
Sea Islands' South Africa137
The New Plantations144
In Praise of Bats149
The Women Who Dared to Drive167
Why You Should Read to Your Kids178
Learning by Doing: Apprenticeship Programs188
Greetings from the Electronic Plantation: A Day in the Life of the Working Poor199
Jobs: Skills before Credentials212
Don't Think about It Too Much222
Where Do We Stand?231
The Doctor's Dilemma245
A Tale of Two Proms, One Black, One White254
A Hanging264
Teaching Right From Wrong275
Medical Technology Puts the Biological Clock on Hold288
Frankenstein's Baby292
Animal Rights: Right or Wrong?299
The Abominable Snowman: Is He Still Out There?321
The Pill Turns 30331
As Lazy as a Beaver344
Mysteries of the Very, Very Deep355
Sizing Up the Sexes365
A Night of Ice and Death380
How Asian Teachers Polish Each Lesson to Perfection399
It Takes Two to Tango413
Using the Dictionary431
Study Skills: Techniques for Improving Your Study Habits441
Reading Comprehension Progress Chart471
Index473

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