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Designed for high-level reading courses, the primary focus of Reading for Thinking remains developing students' critical-thinking and reading skills. Flemming provides a thorough review of comprehension strategies before concentrating on critical-reading skills, including how to evaluate arguments, recognize the author's purpose, identify tone, and compare opposing viewpoints. This clear, logical sequence of instruction allows students to approach critical reading as a natural extension of essential comprehension skills such as how to find the main idea, evaluate supporting details, and recognize rhetorical patterns rather than a discrete set of new strategies.

The Fourth Edition includes 30% new readings, reflecting Flemming's ongoing commitment to feature stimulating, informative selections that motivate students to read. The text also provides a closer look at excerpts from textbooks and a more extensive discussion of arguments in long readings. Plus, new end-of-chapter readings enable students to practice applying their critical-reading skills on long passages.

  • New! At the end of every chapter, 3-7 tests enable students to assess their progress.
  • New! A section on rhetorical questions introduces students to a subtle literary device often used in persuasive writing. Flemming also covers imagery, the blend of fact and opinion, charged language, tone, and other key literary devices.
  • The Check Your Understanding feature appears periodically throughout each chapter so that students can review key points and monitor their comprehension.
  • Word Notes at the end of every chapter encourage students to continue expanding theirvocabulary and cover synonyms, word history, analogies, clich├ęs, and other related topics.
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"The biggest strength of the book is the number of practice exercises for determining and enhancing the level of reading comprehension. The supplemental exercises provided online further this point."

"I like how there are exercises after each skill taught, and I also like that there are multiple tests at the end of each chapter. This allows teachers to assign them as additional homework/practice. I think the quality of both exercises and tests are very good."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618985821
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/22/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

After receiving her B.S. at Southern Connecticut State University, where she was certified as a teacher of secondary reading, Laraine Flemming went on to earn an M.A. in English literature at Boston College and a Ph.D. in American literature at the State University of New York in Buffalo. During her career, Flemming has taught students from elementary to graduate school covering subjects as varied as reading and writing, American literature, time management, speed reading, and study skills. She began writing textbooks while working as Director of the Reading and Writing Center at Dean Junior College. In need of a reading textbook that had lots of exercises combined with genuinely thought-provoking readings, Flemming decided to write her own. You can contact Laraine Flemming by emailing her at or by visiting her website at
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Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Acquiring the Keys to Academic Success. Make Sure You Have a Study Method for Completing Textbook Assignments. SQ3R Is Worth the Effort. Using a Different System. S: Survey. Q: Questions. R-1: Read. R-2: Recall. R-3: Review. Write While You Read. Symbols for Underlining and Annotating. Paraphrase to Check Comprehension. Paraphrase in Marginal Notes. Pointers on Paraphrasing While Reading. Use the Web to Build Background Knowledge. Looking for Background Knowledge on the Web. Selecting the Right Sites to View. Creating Effective Search Terms. Pointers for Picking a Website. Warning Signs That Signal Untrustworthy Websites. Think Twice About Using Wikipedia. Writing and Reading on the Web. Use Hypertext Strategically. Taking Stock: Short-Term Memory --Do You Know the Magic Number? Test 1: Recognizing an Accurate Paraphrase. Test 2: Recognizing an Accurate Paraphrase. Test 3: Paraphrasing with Accuracy. 2. Vocabulary Building for College. Master the Specialized Vocabulary in Your Courses. Look for Words that Get Extra Attention. Look for Ordinary Words That Double as Specialized Vocabulary. Use the Glossary for Troublesome Definitions. Use Online Dictionaries. Build Up Your General Academic Vocabulary. Pay Attention to Any Words Followed by Definitions. Notice Word Repetition. Learn New Words by Creating Your Own Recall Clues. Linking Words to Images. Use Antonyms as Recall Clues. Use Context Clues. Contrast Clues. Restatement Clues. Example Clues. General Knowledge Clues. Learn Common Word Parts. Make Allusions Part of Your Vocabulary Building. Allusions Vary with Your Audience. Allusions with Staying Power. Learning Common Allusions. Taking Stock: The Science of Romantic Love. Test 1: Reviewing New Vocabulary. Test 2: Reviewing New Vocabulary. Test 3: Using Context Clues. Test 4: Understanding Common Cultural Allusions. 3. Reviewing Paragraph Essentials. Recognizing the Topic. Inferring the Topic. From Topics to Main Ideas. Recognizing Main Ideas in Paragraphs. Topic Sentence Locations. Introductory Sentences Team Up with Reversal Transitions. Addition Transitions Send a Different Message. Two More Key Topic Sentence Locations in Textbooks. Topic Sentences Arriving at the End. Question-and-Answer Topic Sentences. Word Check I. The Function of Supporting Details. Purpose and Audience Influence Supporting Details. Knowing the Difference Between Major and Minor Details. Minor Details Can Be Meaningful. Using Category Words to Identify Major Details. Word Check II. Taking Stock: What Causes Right or Left. Test 1: Reviewing New Vocabulary. Test 2: Reviewing New Vocabulary. Test 3: Recognizing Topics and Topic Sentences. Test 4: Understanding the Function of Supporting Details. Test 5: Recognizing and Paraphrasing Topic Sentences. Test 6: Reviewing New Vocabulary. 4. Identifying and Learning From Organizational Patterns. Pattern 1: Definition. Typical Topic Sentences. Pattern 2: Process. Verbal Clues to the Pattern. Typical Topic Sentences. Flow Charts. Pattern 3: Sequence of Dates and Events. Transition Clues. Typical Topic Sentences. Pattern 4: Simple Listing. Typical Topic Sentence Clues to the Pattern. Pattern 5: Classification. Typical Topic Sentences. Pattern 6: Comparison and Contrast. Typical Topic Sentences. Transitions. Pattern 7: Cause and Effect. Typical Topic Sentences. Common Transitions and Verbs. Common Connectives. Chains of Cause and Effect. When Patterns Combine. Word Check. Taking Stock: Why Should We Care About the American Alligator? Test 1: Recognizing Organizational Patterns. Test 2: Recognizing Organizational Patterns. Test 3: Recognizing Organizational Patterns. Test 4: Reviewing New Vocabulary. 5. Understanding, Outlining, and Summarizing Longer Readings. Understanding Longer Readings. The Main Idea Controls More Than a Paragraph. Several Sentences May be Needed to Express the Main Idea. Ideas Can Get Bigger. Introductions Can Get Longer. The Author May Conclude Rather than Begin with the Main Idea. One Supporting Detail Can Take Up Several Paragraphs. A Minor Detail Can Occupy an Entire Paragraph. Main Ideas Aren't All Equal. Thinking About Purpose. Persuasive Writing. Outlining Longer Readings. Start with the Title. Follow With the Thesis Statement. Use Key Words in the Thesis Statement to Select Details. Streamline the Major Details. Include Any Essential Minor Details. Indent to Reveal Relationships. Be Consistent. Word Check I. Summarizing Longer Readings. Goal of Summarizing. Pointers for Summary Writing. Common Transitional Signals and the Author's Message. From Text to Summary. Word Check II. Taking Stock: Can We Trust Our Memories? Test 1: Identifying the Controlling Main Idea and Purpose. Test 2: Recognizing Thesis Statements and Supporting Details. Test 3: Outlining Longer Readings. Test 4: Recognizing the Best Summary. Test 5: Summarizing Longer Readings. Test 6: Reviewing New Vocabulary. Reviewing with Longer Readings. Reading 1: Heredity or Environment: What Can Identical Twins Tell Us? Reading 2: Legalizing of Marijuana Raises Health Concerns. Reading 3: Dealing with Conflict. Reading 4: White Collar Criminals: Swindlers and Chiselers. 6. The Role of Inferences in Comprehension and Critical Reading. Drawing Inferences to Follow the Author's Trail. Nouns and Pronouns. Tricky Pronouns and Antecedents. Looking at This and That. Keep an Eye on Which. General Category Substitutes. Substitute by Association. Spotting the Links in the Chain. Inferring Main Ideas. The Difference Between Logical and Illogical Inferences. Drawing Inferences About Supporting Details. Writers and Readers Collaborate. Word Check I. Implied Main Ideas in Longer Readings. Making Connections Between Paragraphs. Drawing Logical Conclusions. Word Check II. Taking Stock: J. Robert Oppenheimer and The Manhattan Project. Test 1: Drawing Inferences About Pronouns and Other Noun Substitutes. Test 2: Recognizing the Implied Main Idea. Test 3: Drawing an Effective Inference. Test 4: Inferring Main Ideas and Supporting Details. Test 5: Drawing Your Own Conclusions. Test 6: Inferring Implied Main Ideas in Longer Readings. Test 7: Reviewing New Vocabulary. 7. Synthesizing Sources. Synthesizing Sources. Synthesizing to Inform or to Persuade. Keep Your Purpose in Mind. Writing and Synthesizing. Ten Questions for Synthesizing Sources. Synthesizing Longer Readings. Steps in Creating a Synthesis. Creating a Synthesis: Step 1. Step 2: Look for Connections. What Synthesizing Accomplishes. Synthesis Statements Aren't Created with a Cookie Cutter. Word Check. Taking Stock: The Kikuyu's Painful Passage Into Adulthood. Test 1: Recognizing Correct Synthesis Statements. Test 2: Recognizing Effective Synthesis Statements. Test 3: Creating Synthesis Statements. Test 4: Reviewing New Vocabulary. 8. Understanding the Difference between Fact and Opinion. Facts Versus Opinions. Obscure Facts. Changing Facts. Calling It a Fact Doesn't Necessarily Make It One. Finding Facts on the World Wide Web. Opinions. You Can't Verify Opinions. Be Alert to Opinions Mixed in With Facts. Connotative Language is the Language of Personal Evaluation. Informed Versus Uninformed Opinions. Informed Opinions Have Backup. Opinions in Casual Conversation Versus Written. Checking for Relevance in Longer Readings. Separate Fact and Opinion in Textbooks. Check that Opinions are Backed by Supporting Details. Word Check. Taking Stock: What Exactly is a Frivolous Lawsuit? Test 1: Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion. Test 2: Checking for Relevance. Test 3: Checking for Relevance. Test 4: Writing a Summary. Test 5: Reviewing New Vocabulary. 9. Analyzing Arguments. Opinion Statements Form the Foundations of Arguments. Statements of Value. Statements of Policy. Statements of Condition. Combination Statements. Six Common Introductory Statements. Five Common Types of Support. Personal Experience. Reasons. Examples and Illustrations. Expert Opinion. Research Results. Identifying the Opposing Point of View. Analyze the Writer's Response to Objections. Using and Responding to Tone. A Writer's Tone Consists of Many Different Elements. Irony and Tone. Tone and Figurative Language. Similes. Metaphors. Word Check. Taking Stock: More Guns = More Killing. Test 1: Analyzing Arguments. Test 2: Analyzing Arguments. Test 3: Analyzing Arguments. Test 4: Identifying Tone. Test 5: Reviewing New Vocabulary. 10. Evaluating Arguments. Support That Gets a Failing Grade. Reasons That Go in Circles. Hasty Generalizations. Irrelevant Reasons. Unidentified Experts. Inappropriate Experts. Unidentified Research. Dated Research. Responding to Bias in Persuasive Writing. Acceptable Versus Unacceptable Bias. Excessive Bias and Distracting the Reader. Making Personal Character Attacks. Sliding Down the Slippery Slope. Working on the Reader's Emotions. No Comment is Proof Enough. Word Check. Taking Stock: Use Your Own Words. Test 1: Spotting the Author's Opinion and the Support that Fails. Test 2: Recognizing Errors in Reasoning. Test 3: Recognizing Excessive Bias. Test 4: Reviewing New Vocabulary. Putting It All Together. Reading 1: Living in a Digital World. Reading 2: Necessary Conversations. Reading 3: Are Today's Students Lacking in Empathy? Reading 4: Society Makes Us Human. Reading 5: Raising Successful Children. Index.
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