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Groundwork for College Reading With Phonics / Edition 4

Groundwork for College Reading With Phonics / Edition 4

by Bill Broderick


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Groundwork for College Reading With Phonics / Edition 4

Featuring major chapter additions, freshened content, and enhanced visual appeal, this revised edition of Groundwork for College Reading with Phonics is ideal for students and adult learners in a very basic developmental reading course or ESL course.

Key Features

  • Focus on the basics. The book seeks to explain, in an extremely clear, step-by-step way, the essential elements of each skill. Many examples are provided to ensure that students understand each point. In general, the focus is on teaching the skills—not just on explaining them and not just on testing them.
  • Frequent practice and feedback. In the belief that progress is made largely through abundant practice and careful feedback, this book includes numerous activities. Students can get immediate feedback on the practice exercises in Parts I and II by turning to the limited answer key at the back of the book. The answers to the review and mastery tests in Parts I and II, the reading questions in Part III, and the combined-skills tests in Part IV are in the Instructor's Manual.
  • The limited answer key increases the active role that students take in their own learning. Also, they are likely to use the answer key in an honest and positive way if they know that they may be tested on the many activities and selections for which answers are not provided. (Answers not in the book can be easily copied from the Instructor's Edition or the Instructor's Manual and passed out at the teacher's discretion.)
  • High interest level. Dull and unvaried readings and exercises work against learning. Students need to experience genuine interest and enjoyment in what they read. Teachers as well should be able to take pleasure in the selections, for their own good feeling about them can carry over favorably into class work. The readings in the book, then, have been chosen not only for the appropriateness of their reading level but also for their compelling content. They should appeal to a wide range of students—developmental students, students for whom English is a second language, and Adult Basic Education students. They also take into account the diverse backgrounds of such students.

    Ease of use. The logical sequence in each chapter—from explanation to example to practice to review tests to mastery tests—helps make the skills easy to teach. The book's organization into distinct parts also makes for ease of use. Within a single class, for instance, instructors can work on a particular skill in Part I or II, review another skill with a mastery test, and provide variety by having students read one of the selections in Part III. The limited answer key at the back of the book also makes for versatility: it means that an instructor can assign parts of each chapter for self-teaching. Finally, the mastery tests—each on its own tear-out page—and the combined-skills tests make it a simple matter for a teacher to test and evaluate student progress.

  • Integration of skills. Students do more than learn the skills individually in Parts I and II. They also learn to apply the skills together through the reading selections in Parts I, II, and III and through the combined-skills tests in Part IV. They become effective readers and thinkers by means of a good deal of practice in applying a combination of skills.
  • Online exercises. As they complete each skills chapter, students are invited to go online to the Townsend Press website to work on two additional practice exercises that reinforce what has been taught in the chapter.
  • Thinking activities. Thinking activities—in the form of outlining, mapping, and summarizing—are a distinctive feature of the book. In addition, three discussion questions at the end of each reading selection encourage student reflection, as do the writing activities that are provided for each selection.

Changes in the Fourth Edition

  • Major chapter additions. Three chapters newly added to the book are “Getting Started,” “Inferences,” and “The Basics of Argument.” To make room for the new chapters, there are five fewer readings in what is now Part III of the book. Instructors should note that another version of this book is now available: Groundwork for College Reading does not cover phonics and word parts but contains a full set of ten readings in Part II.
  • Fresh materials. Almost three-quarters of the practice materials in the book are new, along with seven new readings. All the chapters in Parts I and II now begin with a preview titled “This Chapter in a Nutshell.” Chapters that have undergone considerable revision include “Dictionary Use,” “Main Ideas,” and the two chapters on relationships, now titled “Signal Words I” and “Signal Words II.”
  • Greater visual appeal. The fourth edition uses illustrations, cartoons, book covers, and photographs to provide practice in or reinforcement of comprehension skills. The materials are not just visual window dressing; they serve a meaningful pedagogical purpose. In addition, more color, as well as boxes, rules, and screens, is used to highlight material. The book is more visually friendly without becoming visually cluttered.
  • Alternate editions. Instructors now have two choices available: editions of the book with or without phonics, depending on the backgrounds and needs of the students in their classes. In contrast to Groundwork for College Reading with Phonics, Groundwork for College Reading has one additional reading but does not include the four chapters on phonics and word parts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901591940868
Publisher: Townsend Press
Publication date: 06/28/2007
Edition description: Older Edition
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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