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The second book in Robert DiYanni's new two-level reading series, Making It Work uses an innovative program of exciting, topical essays combined with thematically linked textbook passages to give developmental students the chance to learn and practice the skills of college reading in the context of whole essays.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312136888
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 565
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert DiYanni (Ph.D., the City University of New York; M.A., Johns Hopkins University) began his teaching career nearly thirty years ago at LaGuardia Community College and Queens College. Since then, he has taught students at all levels in developmental reading and writing, literature, and composition at Mercy College, Pace University, and Harvard University, among others. He is the best-selling author of more than twenty textbooks, including The Scribner Handbook for Writers; Modern American Prose: A Reader for Writers; and Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Essay. He currently works with the College Board's Advanced Placement Program for high schools.

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Table of Contents

N.B. Chapters 2-12 follow the same structure as that shown in Chapter 1.
For the sake of brevity, the recurring structure is not repeated in this abridged table of contents.

1.Becoming an Active Reader
Preface for Instructors
Introduction: Using Making It Work
Getting Ready
Chapter Overview
Focusing Questions
Everyday Reading
Learning the Skills
Reasons for Reading
Overcoming Beliefs about Reading Myths
Reading Actively
Applying the Skills
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Malcolm X, Coming to an Awareness of Language
Reading Textbooks: Psychology
Reading the Web: U.S. English
Chapter Summary
Reading/Writing Connection

2.Developing a College Vocabulary
Word Analysis: Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes
Using Context Clues
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Henry Louis Gates Jr., On Honoring Blackness
Reading Textbooks: Sociology
Reading the Web:

3.Reading for a Writer's Topic and Main Idea
Recognizing Implied Main Ideas
Main Ideas in Paragraphs
Main Ideas in Longer Passages
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Mona Maisami, Born in Amrika
Reading Textbooks: Communication
Reading the Web: Beyond the Veil

4.Recognizing Supporting Details
Understanding Supporting Details
Connecting Supporting to Identify Unstated Main Ideas
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Wendy Kaminer, The War on High Schools
Reading Textbooks: Child Psychology
Reading the Web: This Is True

5.Examining Sentences in Context
Implicit Sentences
Coordination and Subordination
Recognizing Relationships Between Sentences: The Paragraph
From Sentence Relationships to Paragraph Relationships
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Eric Schlosser, The Most Dangerous Job
Reading Textbooks: Business
Reading the Web: ConAgra Foods

6.Analyzing a Writer's Structures
Identifying the Parts of an Essay
Recognizing Patterns of Organization
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Ellen Goodman, What Matters
Reading Textbooks: Economics
Reading the Web: Goodwill

7.Examining a Writer's Language
Specialized Meanings of Words
Distinguishing Denotation and Connotation
Connotation and Context
Understanding Figures of Speech
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Sarah Greene, Musical Lobsters
Reading Textbooks: Music
Reading the Web: Dave Matthews Band

8.Becoming an Interpretive Reader
The Interpretive Impulse
Making Observations
Establishing Connections
Formulating Inferences
Drawing Conclusions
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Kim Stanley Robinson, A Colony in the Sky
Reading Textbooks: Astronomy
Reading the Web: The Mars Project

9.Practicing Critical Reading
Identifying a Writer's Purpose
Distinguishing between Facts and Opinions
Determining an Author's Point of View
The Internet and Critical Reading
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Eric Alterman, A Trip to Cell Hell
Reading Textbooks: Marketing
Reading the Web: WorldCom Wireless and Verizon Wireless

10.Understanding Persuasive Writing
The Elements of Argumentative Writing
The Art of Persuasion
Recognizing Logical Fallacies
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Margaret Carlson, The Case for a National ID Card
Reading Textbooks: American History
Reading the Web: The American Civil Liberties Union

11. Enjoying and Interpreting Literature
Understanding Literary Writing
Enjoying Literature
The Elements of Literature
Reading Poetry
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart
Reading Textbooks: Film
Reading the Web:

12. Reading and Studying Textbooks
Understanding the Parts of a Textbook
Skimming for an Overview
Scanning for Information
Reading Graphics
SQ3R: Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review
Reading Textbooks: American History
Reading the Web: America: A Concise History

Appendix A: An Anthology of Readings
Maya Angelou, Living Well, Living Good.
Natalie Angier, When (and Why) Dad Has the Babies
Yogi Berra, When you Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!
Ben Carson, Gifted Hands
Pico Iyer, The Necessity of Travel
Lara Margolis, Chicken Scratch and E-Hugs
Todd McCarthy, Anti-Smokers Ought to Butt Out of Movies
Katherine Anne Porter, Rope
David Sedaris, Make That a Double
Joel Stein, Life

Appendix B: Using a College Dictionary

Appendix C: Studying and Taking Tests

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