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Steps to College Reading / Edition 2

Steps to College Reading / Edition 2

by Dorothy U. Seyler


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205319053
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 07/14/2000
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 7.52(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Dorothy U. Seyler is professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William and Mary, Dr. Seyler holds advanced degrees from Columbia University and the State University of New York at Albany. She taught at Ohio State University, the University of Kentucky, and Nassau Community College before moving with her family to Northern Virginia.

Table of Contents

Most chapters begin with "Prepare to Read" and conclude with "Chapter Review Quiz."


1. Getting Started.
Know about Reading.
Be an Active Reader.

Cherokee Nation, How the Sun Came.

Thomas V. DiBacco, Dr. Franklin's Tips for Staying Well.

2. Developing a Reading Strategy.
Prepare to Read.
Why Have a Reading Strategy?
Prepare-Read-Respond: How the Steps Connect.

James M. Henslin, Open Season: Children as Prey.

Joe Schwarcz, Hydrogen and the Hindenburg.

3. Word Power 1: Using Context Clues and Building Vocabulary.
Context Clues.
Learning New Words.
A Brief Book List.

Sydney J. Harris, Opposing Principles Help Balance Society.

4. Word Power 2: Recognizing Word Parts and Knowing Your Dictionary.
Compound Words.
Learning from Word Parts: Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes.
Knowing Your Dictionary.
Abbreviations Used in Dictionary Entries.
Working with Word Meanings.

Ellen Goodman, Defining English.

5. Distinguishing between General and Specific Statements.
General and Specific Statements.
Levels of Specificity.
Recognizing General and Specific Sentences.
Understanding Complicated Sentences.

Michael Scott, In the Rain Forest.

6. Understanding Main Ideas.
Identifying a Paragraph's Topic.
Identifying Main Ideas.
Reading Longer Passages.
The Summary.

Jackson J. Spielvogel, The Pyramids.

Kendall Hamilton and Tessa Namuth, Sticky Stuff.

7. Recognizing Strategies and Structures in Writing.
Explaining by Listing.
Time Sequence and Process.
Comparison and Contrast.
Cause and Effect.
Mixed Patterns.

Carol Krucoff, Smoke and Mirrors.

Suzanne Britt, Neat People vs. Sloppy People.

8. Reading Graphics.
How to Read Graphics.
Pictures and Photographs.
Graphs and Charts.

Boyce Rensberger, Graphs Can Lie, Easy as Pie.

9. Reading and Studying for College Classes.
Reading Textbooks.
Writing-to-Learn Strategies.
Learning from Three Textbook Sections.
Reinforcing Learning in Class.
Preparing for Testing.

10. Reading More Efficiently.
Improving Visual Skills.
Improving Visual Skills through Improved Spelling.
Efficient Reading through Aggressive Reading.

Timed Reading I: J. A. DeVito, Some Principles of Communication.

Timed Reading II: Jeanne Marie Laskas, The Rude Awaken.

Timed Reading III: Lefton and Valvatne, Coping, Health, and a Positive Attitude.

11. Drawing Inferences and Understanding Implied Main Ideas.
What Are Inferences?
Drawing Inferences from Reading.
Figurative Language.
Characteristics of Appropriate Inferences.
Understanding Implied Main Ideas.
Drawing Inferences and Understanding Implied Meanings in Longer Passages.

Vincent Wilson, Jr., Amelia Earhart.

Langston Hughes, Early Autumn.

Amy Lowell, Taxi.

12. Reading and Thinking Critically.
Distinguishing Fact from Opinion.
Recognizing Your Biases.
Understanding the Writer's Position.
Evaluating Arguments and Taking a Stand.

Nat Hentoff, Ban Boxing Now.

William Raspberry, The Real Pregnancy Problem.

Additional Readings.

Helena Curtis and N. Sue Barnes, Plate Tectonics and the Breakup of Pangaea.

Vincent Ryan Ruggiero, Conformity.

David Ignatius, The Revolution Within.

Richard Harwood, America's Unchecked Epidemic.
James Herriot, A New Day for Alfred.



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