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Designed to help students become jazzed about reading, this introductory-to-intermediate reading text provides motivating and engaging readings selected to grab the reader's attention. Beautifully designed, READING AND ALL THAT JAZZ also features clear explanations and a wide variety of well-developed practice exercises designed to provoke genuine thinking, interpretation, and even some improvisation on the part of the student and the instructor. The theme of jazz emphasizes a positive, exciting, personally involved approach to reading and learning.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072962819
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/2/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Mather earned his B.A. in Government from the University of the Redlands, his M.A. in African Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, his M.A. in Reading from California State Univeristy, Los Angeles, and his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Southern California. He has taught reading at the secondary, adult-education, and community-college levels for over twenty years. He has published articles in the Journal of Reading.

Ms. McCarthy earned a B.A. in Sociology and History from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in Education from Arizona State University. She has taught at the elememtary, secondary, adult-education, and community-college levels for over twenty years. For the past ten years, she has taught developmental reading and E.S.L. classes at Glendale Community College. Ms. McCarthy has published articles in professional journals and other media on the use of bibliotherapy. She has also published reading lists for beginning and remedial readers and is a reading specialist.

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Table of Contents

*New to this edition

PART 1 Getting a Handle on College

Introduction Your First Week in Class

Assignment Sheets

Are Your Ready for College?

Margin Seligman, "Optimism and Success"

Vocabulary: Introduction

Robert Olen Butler “Crickets”

Chapter Summary and Review.

CHAPTER 1 How We Learn: Finding Out about Ourselves

Auditory, Visual, or Kinesthetic: What Is Your Learning Style?

Vocabulary: Words in Context

Day versus Night People: Are You More of a Morning Lark or a Night Owl?

Lowell Ponte “The Two Most Dangerous Hours of Your Day”

Left-Brain and Right-Brain Orientation: Which One Are You?

Multiple Intelligences: What Rea Your Strengths?

Isaac Asimov “What Is Intelligence, Anyway?”

Stress Inventory: How Much Stress Is There in Your Life?

Rick Reilly “An Easy Choice”

Study Schedules

SQ3R: A Classic Way to Study

*Fred Hofstetter "Internet Etiquette"

Chapter Review and Summary

PART 2 Discovering Meaning through Structure

CHAPTER 2 Topics, Main Ideas, and Details

Description of Topics, Main Ideas, and Details

Distinguishing between General and Specific

Locating Topics and Main Ideas

Paragraph Diagrams

Main Idea: Location of the Main Idea


Tran Thi Nga “Grandmother’s Fable”

Implied Main Ideas

Your Gender Communication Quotient

Dave Barry “What Women Don’t Understand about Guys”

U.S. News & World Report “This Is 911 . . . Please Hold”

CHAPTER 3  Determining an Author’s Purpose

Author’s Purpose; To Entertain

William Saroyan “The Shepherd’s Daughter”

Authors Purpose: To Inform

Ira Flatow “From a Melted Candy Bar to Microwaves”

Author’s Purpose: To Persuade

Walter Minot “Students Who Push Burgers”

What’s Your Opinion?

Writing Summaries

Mel Allen “Letter to Olivia”

Chapter Summary and Review

Vocabulary: Word Structure and Unit 1

CHAPTER 4 Transition Words and Patterns of Organization

Description of Transition Words and Patterns of


Transition Words




Steps-in-a Process



Chronological Order


Transition Worlds and Patterns of Organization(Continued)

Nonverbal Communication: Topic Main Ideas, Details


Freda Adler, Gerhard O. W. Mueller, and William S. Laufer “Road Rage” (criminology textbook)

*Robert Bohm and Keith Haley "Identity Theft" (criminal justice textbook)

Chapter Review and Summary

PART 3  Interpreting What We Read

CHAPTER 5 Inference

Introduction to Drawing Inferences

Fannie Flagg Excerpt from Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man

Robert Devine “Inside the Vicious Heart”

Tom Brokaw “Thomas Broderick”

Chapter Review and Summary

Vocabulary: Unit 2

CHAPTER 6 Figurative Language

Figures of Speech—Similes, Metaphors, and Personification

Ann Landers “The Love of My Life”

The Use of Symbols

Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken”

Rita Gilbert “Guernica” (art history textbook))

Pete Hamill “The Yellow Ribbon”

Literary Allusions


*Gordon Grice "The Black Widow"

Pam Houston “A Blizzard Under Blue Sky”

Chapter Summary and Review


Inferring Tone

Annie Dillard “The Fixed”


Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes “A Letter to God”


Dr. George H. Reavis “The Animal School”

Art Buchwald “Hurts Rent-A-Gun”

Chapter Summary and Review

Vocabulary: Unit 3

PART 4  Recognizing Modes of Writing

CHAPTER 8  Four Primary Modes

An Introduction to Modes of Writing (Rhetorical Modes)


Michelle Kennedy “Checking on the Kids”


Jo Goodwin Parker “What Is Poverty?”


Thomas Patterson “The Poor: Who and How Many?” (political science textbook)


Barbara Ehrenreich “Is Poverty Sustainable?”

Langston Hughes “Thank You Ma’m”

John Daniel “A Son’s Memoir”

Maya Angelou “On Aging”

John Santrock "Sibling Relationships and Birth Order" (child development textbook)

Mary Pipher “TV”

Chapter Summary and Review

Vocabulary: Unit 4

CHAPTER 9  Modes of Organization

An Introduction to the Modes of Organization

Cause and Effect

Comparison Contrast

Wayne Weiten and Margaret Lloyd “The Roots of Happiness: An Empirical Analysis” (psychology textbook)


James Henslin "The Big Win: Life After the Lottery"

Chronological Order and Summaries of Longer Articles

Shannon Moon Leonetti “Charley’s Secret”


Russell W. Belk “My Possessions Myself”

Steps in a Process

Ronald B. Adler, Russell F. Proctor, and Neil Towne “Developmental Stages in Intimate Relationships” (communications textbook)

Cause and Effect

John Collier “The Chaser”

PART 5 Reading Critically

CHAPTER 10 Fact and Opinion

Learning to Read Critically

Shirley Haley-James and John Warren Stewig “Listening: To Tell Fact from Opinion”

Thomas Patterson “The Nature of Public Opinion” by Thomas Patterson (political science textbook)

Patricia Wen Excerpt from “Superstitions Help Us Cope”

Chapter Summary and Review

Vocabulary: Unit 5


An Introduction to Bias

David G. Myers “The Defendant’s Characteristics” (psychology textbook)


Hamilton Gregory “Beware of Doublespeak” (speech textbook)

Katharine Brush “A Birthday Party” (short story/Literature)

*Samuel Walker and Charles Katz “Beyond Stereotypes of Cops” (criminology textbook)

George Orwell “A Hanging”

CHAPTER 12 Propaganda Techniques

What Are They and How Are They Used?

More Propaganda Techniques

Last Major Propaganda Technique

Stanley J. Baran “Boosting Smoking Among Women” (mass communications textbook)

Violence in the Media

Robert S. Feldman “Violence in Television and Video Games: Does the Media’s Message Matter?” (psychology textbook)

Chapter Summary and Review

Vocabulary: Unit 6

CHAPTER 13 Evaluating the Evidence

Introduction to Evaluating Persuasive Writing

Drawing Conclusions: Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

Selection: “DNA Fingerprinting” by Ruth Bernstein and

Stephen Bernstein (biology textbook/Biology, Criminology)

Jennifer Thompson “Eyewitness Testimony” (psychology textbook)

Evaluating the Evidence in Editorials, Letters to the Editor, and Advertisement, and a Cartoon

Paul M. Insel “Marijuana—Background Information” (health textbook)

Associated Press “Medical Marijuana Ruling”

Arguments For and Against Legalizing the Use of Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes:

Ethan Madelmann “For” Argument

John P. Walters “Against” Argument

Arguments For and Against the Current “War on Drugs”

Analyzing the Editorials—Propaganda Techniques

Analyzing the Editorials—Techniques for Appealing to Readers

Arguments For and Against the Current “War on Drugs”

USA Today Editorial Staff “Against” Argument

John P. Walters “For” Argument by John P. Walters

Letters to the Editor

Gary Storck Letter 1: For Legalizing the Use of Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes

The O’Reilly Factor Letter 2: Against Legalizing the Use of Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes

Mitch Earleywine Letter 3: Against the Current War on Drugs

Kirk Muse Letter 4: Against the Current War on Drugs

Evaluating an Advertisement

Evaluating a Political Cartoon

Chapter Summary and Review

Part 6 Becoming Ready for Content-Area Classes

CHAPTER 14 Scanning and Skimming


Alan Brinkley “The American Environment: ‘Silent Spring’” (American history textbook)


Sylvia Mader “Pesticides: An Asset and a Liability” (biology textbook)

Rachel Carson “A Fable for Tomorrow”

Chapter Summary and Review

Vocabulary: Word Parts and Review

CHAPTER 15 Organizing Textbook Information

Annotating Your Textbook

Studying Textbook Chapters



Time Lines

Comparison-Contrast Chart

*David Willoughby "Jazz in America", from The World of Music (music appreciation textbook)


Using the Dictionary

Visual Aids

Test Taking Techniques

Sample Summaries
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