Solving the Mystery of Reading / Edition 1

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321273390
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 8/15/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Solving the Mystery of Reading.

Introduction to the Mystery of Reading.


Becoming a Reading Detective.

Kinds of Reading.

Purpose for Reading.

Choosing a Dictionary.

Chapter Reading: “Solving the Mystery of Using Your Textbook.”

Study Strategy: Writing about What You Know.

2. The Secrets of Decoding the Symbols of English.

Written Language.


Decoding English.

Decoding the Meaning of Words.

Chapter Reading: “The Rosetta Stone–Key to Egyptian Hieroglyphs.”

Just for Fun: Decoding.

3. Decoding the Sounds of English.

The Sounds of English.

Consonant and Vowel Sounds.




Chapter Reading: “Mayan Hieroglyphs: The Unsolved Mystery.”

Just for Fun: Roman Numerals.

4. Finding the Basic Facts.

Asking the Right Questions.

Finding the Facts You Need for Comprehension.

Noting Sequence of Events.

Chapter Reading: “Where in the World Did English Come From?”

Just for Fun: Finding Facts Fast.

5. Finding Clues in the Context.

Introduction to Context Clues.

Context Clues to Understanding New Vocabulary.

Beware the Red Herring: Idioms.

Grammar and Punctuation Clues.

Chapter Reading: “Did the Anasazi Really Vanish?”

Enhancing Your Thinking: Proverbs.

6. Solving the Mysteries of Your Dictionary.

Getting to Know Your Dictionary.

Finding Entry Words Easily.

Using a Dictionary Entry.

Finding the Correct Definition of Words with Multiple Meanings.

Finding the Meaning of Idioms, Phrasal Words, and Compound Words.

Finding the Correct Definition of Homographs.

Other Uses of the Dictionary.

How to Make a Personal Dictionary.

Chapter Reading: “Is There Life on Mars.”

Just for Fun: Dictionary Races.

7. Using Word Parts to Improve Comprehension.

Word Parts: Another Strategy for Understanding New Vocabulary.

Using Roots and Affixes.

Building Word Families.

Chapter Reading: “Into the Abyss.”

Just for Fun: Word Family Dominoes.

8. Solving the Mystery of Organization.

Thinking Like a Writer.

Understanding Organization: General and Specific.

Main Idea and Supporting Detail.

Seeing Organization with Sentences.

Using Study Maps and Outlines to Improve Comprehension.

Chapter Reading: “Who Killed the King?”

Enhancing Your Thinking: Seeing Relationships.

9. Finding the Elusive Main Idea.

Topic and Main Idea.

Where to Look for the Main Idea.

Transition Clues.

A Strategy for Finding the Main Idea.

Making Study Maps and Outlines.

Chapter Reading: “The Mystery of the Moving Continents.”

Organizing Information: The World.

10. Graphics and Other Aids to Comprehension.

What are Graphic Aids?

Reasons to Use Graphic Aids.

Using Graphic Aids.

Reading Graphics.

Chapter Reading: “Your Mysterious Brain.”

Just for Fun: Discovering the Nile.

11. Putting All the Pieces Together.


First Read.

Do the Work!


Check Your Understanding.

Chapter Reading: “Navajo Code Talk: The Mystery the Japanese Never Solved.”

Study Strategy: Self-Check.

Just for Fun: Navajo Code Words.

12. Mystery Solved!

Wrapping up the Case.

Central Idea.

How to Find the Central Idea.

Writing a Summary.

Chapter Reading: “What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart.”

Enhancing Your Thinking: Analogies.

Additional Readings.

I. D. B. Cooper–The Amazing Disappearing Skyjacker.

II. The Mysterious Tuareg: Blue People of the Sahara.

III. Rainbows, Sundogs, and Other Meteorological Marvels.

IV. The Secrets of Mummies Revealed.

V. The Power of Symbols.

VI. Black Holes–A Place of No Return.

VII. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Mystery Disease.

VIII. Solving the Mystery of Academic Success.

Appendix I: Maps.

1. Continents and Oceans of the World.

2. North and South Polar Views of the World.

3. Africa.

4. Asia.

5. Europe.

6. North America.

7. South America.

8. Oceania.

9. Central America.

10. Middle East.

11. United States.

Appendix II

Roots and Affixes.

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