Reading Skills Handbook (with MyReadingLab) / Edition 9

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321473707
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/12/2006
  • Series: Wiener/Bazerman Developmental Reading Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents





Unit One: Getting Started

1. The Reading Process: An Overview

1a. What to Do Before You Read


1b. What to Do While You Read


1c. What to Do After You Read


2. Building a Strong Vocabulary

2a. How to Find Out What Words Mean

2b. How to Remember New Words

2c. Context Clues to Word Meanings


2d. Word Part Clues to Meaning

2d(1) Important Prefixes

2d(2) Important Roots

2d(3) Important Suffixes


2e. Denotation and Connotation


2f. Shades of Meaning



Unit One Review Test

UnitTwo: Comprehension

3. Reading Aids

3a. Prereading

3a(1). Making a List

3a(2). Drawing a Word or Concept Map

3a(3). Doing Freewriting

3a(4). Raising Questions


3b. Skimming


3c. Previewing a Selection


3d. Previewing the Parts of a Book



4. Visual Aids

4a. Photographs

4b. Diagrams

4c. Word Charts

4d. Statistical Tables

4e. Graphs

4f. Internet Web Sites



5. Reading for the Main Idea

5a. Key Ideas in Sentences


5b. Topics and Main Ideas in Paragraphs


5b(1). Stated Main Ideas


5b(2). Implied Main Ideas



6. Reading for Information

6a. Fact-Finding


6b. Major Details, Minor Details



7. Recognizing Paragraph Patterns

7a. Ordering of Ideas

7a(1). Time Order (Chronology)

7a(2). Place Order

7a(3). Order of Importance


7b. Listing of Details


7c. Classification


7d. Comparison and Contrast


7e. Cause and Effect



Unit Two Review Test

Unit Three: Interpretation and Evaluation

8. Making Inferences



9. Understanding Figurative Language



10. Drawing Conclusions and Predicting Outcomes



11. Generalizing



12. Evaluating Ideas

12a. Fact and Opinion


12b. Evidence


12c. The Writer’s Technique

12c(1). Style

12c(2). Tone

12c(3). Mood

12c(4). Purpose

12c(5). Point of View


12d. Techniques That Twist the Truth



Unit Three Review Test                

Unit Four The Basic Study Skills

13. Writing for Reading

13a. Underlining and Highlighting


13b. Taking Notes


13c. Outlining


13d. Summarizing Paragraphs


13e. Summarizing Long Passages


13f. Your Opinion: Keeping a Journal



14. Understanding Exam Questions

14a. Preparing for Examinations


14b. Short-Answer Questions


14c. Essay Questions



Unit Four Review Test

Appendix: Using a Dictionary

Ap-a. The Guidewords

Ap-b. The Main Entry

Ap-c. The Pronunciation Key

Ap-d. The Parts of Speech

Ap-e. Special Forms and Special Spellings

Ap-f. The Meanings of the Word

Ap-g. The History of the Word

Ap-h. Word Usage



1. Six Keys to Quicker Learning—Patricia Skalka

2. Foul Shots—Rogelio R. Gomez

3. How I’ll Become an American—Milos Vamos

4. How to Write a Business Letter—Malcolm Forbes

5. Bilingual Education—Joan Littlefield Cook and Greg Cook

6. My Husband’s Nine Wives—Elizabeth Joseph

7. Chupa Chups: Sweetening the World, One Country at a Time—William M. Pride and O.C. Ferrel

8. The Struggle to Be an All American Girl—Elizabeth Wong

9. The Infant Grows Attached—Douglas A. Bernstein, Louis A. Penner, Alison Clarke-Stewart, and Edward J. Roy

10. Underground Dads–Wil Haygood

11. In My Father’s House–David Masello

12. When Real Food Isn’t an Option–Donald G. McNeill Jr.

13. The Chaser–John Collier

14. Looking Forward, Looking Back–Robert DeBlois

15. An Introduction to Sociology–Richard T. Shaefer and Robert P. Lamm

16. Balancing the Babies and the Books–Halimah Abdullah

17. Street Gangs–Steven A. Barkan and George Bryjak

18. To Make a DNA Print–Cassandra Franklin-Barbajosa

19. Apostles of the Faith That Books Matter–Vivian Gornick

20. Minority Student–Richard Rodriguez


Eating to Live, Living to Eat

Obese America–Scott Stantis

Call the Ford Agency–Henry Bliss

How to Lose Weight–and Whether You Should–Carole Wade and Carol Tavris

Three Advertisements: Cookies & M&Ms, Tropicana Healthy Heart, Got Milk?

Ballparks: Big Leagues, Bitty Burgers­­–Julie Scelfo

My Big Fat American Child–Atlantic Monthly

Anorexia Nervosa–

Don't Blame the Eater–David Zinczenco

Self-Test Answer Key


Test Score Summary




Author Index


Subject Index

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