Putting It Together: Basic College Reading in Context / Edition 1

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Simple, straightforward, and respectful, Putting It Together gives students the chance to successfully learn and practice the fundamental skills of college reading in the context of exciting whole essays and a wide range of textbook readings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312136895
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (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 literature, composition, developmental reading, and developmental writing at Mercy College, Pace University, and Harvard University, among others. He is the best-selling author of over 20 textbooks, including The Scribner Handbook for Writers; , Modern American Prose: A Reader for Writers;, and the best-selling Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Essay. He currently works with the College Board's Advanced Placement program for high schools, and is completing a second title in the Putting It Together series for Bedford/St. Martin's.

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Table of Contents

1. Practicing Active Reading
Chapter Overview
Focusing Questions
Everyday Reading
Thinking About Reading
Basic Reading Strategies
Reading Actively
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Karen Epstein, I'm a Barbie Girl
Reading Textbooks: Political Science
Chapter Summary

2. Learning Vocabulary from Context Clues
Restatement Context Clues
Example Context Clues
Contrast Context Clues
General Context Clues
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Eva Hoffman,Lost in Translation
Reading Textbooks: American History

3. Learning Vocabulary by Analyzing Words
Word Roots
Important Word Roots
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Steve Rhodes and Kendall Hamilton,Will Athletic Records Ever Stop Tumbling?
Reading Textbooks: Sociology

4. Recognizing Topics and Main Ideas in Paragraphs
Finding Topics of Paragraphs
Finding Main Ideas in Paragraphs
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Cecelie Barry,Reject the Racial Litmus Test
Reading Textbooks: Child Psychology

5. Understanding Major and Minor Supporting Details
Identifying Supporting Details
Identifying Major Supporting Details
Identifying Minor Supporting Details
Using Supporting Details to Understand Unstated Main Ideas
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Ben Krull,The Lost Art of Nicknaming
Reading Textbooks: Marketing

6. Identifying Main Ideas in Longer Selections
Identifying Thesis Statements
Thinking about Titles
Identifying Supporting Paragraphs
Looking at Introductions and Conclusions
Identifying Unstated Main Ideas in Longer Selections
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Susan Brink,Alcohol
Reading Textbooks: Biology

7. Recognizing Patterns of Organization
Recognizing Patterns of Organization
Comparison, Contrast, and Analogy
Cause and Effect
Mixing the Patterns
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Jim Bobryk,Navigating My Eerie Landscape Alone
Reading Textbooks: Psychology

8. Making Observations and Connections
Making Observations
Using Writing to Develop Your Observation Skills
Identifying Relationships
Making Connections
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Cathy Young,Trigger Guards Are Not the Answer, But Moral Fiber Is
Reading Textbooks: Political Science

9. Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
Developing Inferences
Reading Inferentially
Practicing Making Inferences
Drawing Conclusions
Writing to Aid Reading Comprehension
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
David Gergen, Keeping the Flame Alive
Reading Textbooks: World History

10. Becoming a Critical Reader
Identifying an Author's Purpose
Determining an Author's Point of View
Distinguishing between Facts and Opinions
Recognizing and Making Judgements
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Abbie Gibbs, Witnessing Execution
Reading Textbooks: Psychology

11. Skimming, Scanning, and Understanding the Parts of a Book
Skimming a Reading Selection
Scanning a Reading Selection
Understanding the Parts of a Book
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Mark Trahant, Every Symbol Tells a Story
Reading Textbooks: American History

12. Developing Visual Literacy
Types of Graphics
Understanding Texts and Graphics Together
Reading the Parts/Reading the Whole
Robert Kunzig,Erectus Afloat,
Reading Textbooks: Biology

13. Reading a Textbook Chapter
Preparing to Read a Textbook
Textbook Elements
Reading/Writing Connection
Skimming the Sample Chapter
Finding the Main Idea and Comprehending the Chapter
Reading Textbooks: Communication

Appendix A: An Anthology of Readings
Bill Cosby, How to Read Faster
Amy Dickinson, When Mommy or Daddy Dates
Robert H. Frank, The Downside of Hearing Whoopi at the Mall
Ellen Goodman, The Suspected Shopper
Dana Hawkins, Lawsuits Spur Rise in Employee Monitoring
Douglas McCollam, The Bull Shark
Susannah Meadows, The Water of the Moment
Miki Meek, You Can't Hide Those Lying Eyes in Tampa
A.M. Rosenthal, The Way She Died
Michael Utley, My Personal Bolt of Lightning

Appendix B: Using a College Dictionary

Index of Useful Terms

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