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COLLEGE READING: THE SCIENCE AND STRATEGIES OF EXPERT READERS approaches reading from a thinking skills perspective by explaining how we think, learn, and read. This expert group of authors credibly incorporates widely proven brain research and learning theory into a user-friendly dynamic reading textbook aimed at diverse learners. The bridge from the scientific research to the classroom is carefully crafted so that not only will students learn to read more efficiently, but they will also learn how to learn more efficiently. By explaining the brain science of reading, COLLEGE READING empowers students with the knowledge that they can change their brain into a more effective reading brain. COLLEGE READING teaches students how to read by providing interactive learning and reading opportunities--Making Connections, Brain Connections, Activities, Practice with a Reading Passage, Post Test, and Brain Strength Options--so that students are discovering, understanding, and remembering essential reading skills they can apply to their future coursework. All students can be naturally motivated, expert readers and learners with COLLEGE READING. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.
- COLLEGE READING is supported by various features that help to create a brain-compatible classroom.
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- We learn what is important to us. Students' brains can be in a state of low arousal which is not conducive to learning unless their minds are engaged. Tip from the Brain Doctor introduces students to some of the research behind learning in a very user-friendly way while also suggesting how the students may use this information to improve their learning and reading. Brain Strength Options provides many projects for diversifying strategies and reaching diverse learners; students to self-select according to their strengths. A variety of high-interest, multi-length, college-level practice readings are provided throughout the book. Many students have never experienced reading as an enjoyable activity. It's critical that students are exposed to interesting and controversial readings, in order to fully engage in reading related activities.
- The frontal lobes develop in response to experience. The frontal lobes are still developing until around age 25. Then throughout life good frontal lobes help you make good decisions. If you engage in activities that stimulate the frontal lobes you can make them better. If you want students to be better thinkers, then they must be provided with those activities. Comprehension Checks are classroom assessment techniques embedded in every chapter to ensure what students are learning and how well. Various activity types are designed to stimulate multiple avenues toward natural learning, thus reaching a greater range of learners, especially diverse ones.
- Fire it until you wire it! Repetition is important because the more a group of neurons fire together the more likely they are to fire together again. Learning involves the strengthening of these neural networks. Making Connections activates the students' existing network of knowledge in order to help them make connections to the new material introduced in that chapter. "Practice with a Reading Passage” allows the students to reinforce what they have learned in the chapter to solidify the learning. Skills are also referred to and revisited in later chapters, building and strengthening them over time. Post Tests at the end of each chapter serve as a cumulative critical reading activity for all the critical reading strategies presented in the book. These tests require students to do more than just fill in the blanks, thus encouraging students to expect more from themselves and their reading course.
- Memory has to be actively stored and is stored in multiple places, needing to be reassembled for recall. Many times what appears to be reading comprehension problems are actually working memory problems. Chapter 2 is completely devoted to teaching students about how the memory works and providing strategies for addressing working memory problems that can hinder them when test-taking or comprehending what they read.
- The visual pathway is powerful! The brain is very visual and learns best through pictures. When pictures are associated with information it creates a more powerful memory. Brain Connections: Self-Assessments asks students to visually depict their level of understanding by drawing dendrites as they progress through the chapter in relation to how the brain processes information. Students work with mind maps as chapter opening guides, to help identify main ideas and details, and follow an argument to help organize their thinking and improve their thinking skills. Chapter 10 is devoted to understanding visuals in textbooks. Students are also taught how and why to create images as a method of studying from their textbooks.
- The brain is a social brain. The brain seems to be designed to learn from other people. Much of knowledge is socially constructed. Many of the activities are designed so that they can be done as group activities should the instructor desire to do so. The Student to Student Feature also personalizes the learning experience by providing other students' honest experiences with becoming expert readers.
2. Remembering What You Read.
3. Developing Your College Vocabulary.
4. Locating Stated Main Ideas.
5. Finding Supporting Details.
6. Using Inference to Identify Implied Main Ideas.
7. Recognizing Patterns of Organization.
8. Using Preview, Study-Read, and Review (PSR).
9. Taking Control of Your Textbook: Marking and Note Taking.
10. Using Visuals to Increase Your Understanding of Textbooks.
11. Understanding and Creating Arguments.
12. Reading Arguments Critically.
13. Reading Beyond The Words.
Test Taking Strategies.
"This is one of the most exciting books I have looked at in a long time. Normally, I choose my books feeling like they will be ok, but not that they will necessarily change my students' lives. I really feel like this book offers so much useful, understandable information, that students will feel like they are getting in on the "secret" of how to succeed in college. It will take some work, but because the activities are engaging and personal, I believe students will enjoy the process."
"I am thrilled that a college reading textbook finally has paired how to learn with the process of reading. It incorporates teaching the student about the brain and how it functions and then applies that to the process of reading. This is something I have tried to do for over twenty years. It's gratifying to find a text that does it so well."
"This text bothers to explain the reasoning (the science) behind how students can become more effective readers while continually assuring students that they have the power to improve their reading based on that reasoning. Most other texts focus on WHY students should become more effective readers and basically issue prescriptions for improved reading without rational."
"In my classes I discuss building dendrites, but this book actually practices this theory in every chapter. I really like the section at the beginning of each chapter where it asks students to draw their dendrites and then at the end of the chapter to now draw their dendrites. This book truly practices and reinforces brain theory. So many students do not have a clear understanding as to how they learn and how important it is to their reading and comprehension. This is truly innovative and relevant to present day college students."
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Instructor's Manual with Test Bank
The Instructor's Manual is designed for both professors who are new to and familiar with implementing brain-compatible learning strategies in their courses. The Instructor's Manual includes an introduction on the benefits of brain-compatible learning and teaching strategies to foster brain-compatible learning in your course. Author Spotlights throughout the manual highlight individual author's experiences using strategies from the book and how instructors can successfully do the same. Sample syllabi, classroom activities, course teaching tips, and handouts are among the many other resources available in the Instructor's Manual. Note: A Test Bank is available to accompany this book on the Instructor’s Companion Site or via Examview®.
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