Reading Skills Handbook / Edition 8

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As the cornerstone text of the successful Wiener/Bazerman System, this mid-level developmental reading worktext retains the features that have made it a best-seller through eight editions: a flexible format, high-interest readings, clear explanations, and abundant practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395962381
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.87 (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

Unit Two: 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. MajorDetails, 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
Don't Blame the Eater-David Zinczenco

Self-Test Answer Key
Test Score Summary
Author Index
Subject Index
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