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The Wadsworth College Reading Series, Third Edition is a three-level series that uses a progressive, unified approach to improving students' reading comprehension and critical thinking skills--and all at an affordable price! Praised in the second edition by users across the country, the third edition of this innovative series contains additional features and support materials that will enhance students' abilities to become effective readers. This series follows a consistent sequence and structure, pairing skills and strategies with paragraphs and short selections to introduce new concepts in context. The readings represent a diverse range of sources, including textbooks, websites, and magazines. The readings in the Third Edition have been updated for currency and relevance to students' interest, and have been reviewed carefully to ensure appropriate instructional level reading. The Wadsworth College Reading Series Book 2, 3/e is the second book in a three-level series and is designed for mid-level (8th-10 grade)reading courses.
- Longer Reading Selections: Students and instructors now have a choice of three longer reading selections in chapters 2-8. These choices allow students more practice reading longer pieces as well as a greater diversity of material to read.
- Longer Reading Selections from Career Area Textbooks: At least one of the longer reading selections in chapters 2-8 has been selected from career area textbooks such as fire science, law enforcement, computer technology, and sports medicine. Many students taking developmental reading courses today will pursue degrees in the career areas. These readings allow them to experience the actual textbook material from a career they may be considering. For students who are undecided in their career choice, these readings may inspire them to investigate a particular career.
- Longer Biographical Reading Selections: At least one of the longer reading selections in chapters 2-8 is of biographical content. These biographies are selected to represent the great diversity of people that students will experience in their education and careers. These biographies are of people they may very well read about in their career classes or in their general studies courses.
- Streamlined Skill Explanations: Skill explanations have been streamlined for greater ease of comprehension.
- Updated Practice Materials: New updated practice materials have been largely selected from career area textbooks. Students have authentic college text materials on which to practice their reading skills. These high interest materials have been carefully chosen to be at students' instructional reading level.
- Reorganized Chapter Materials: The reading strategy has been moved ahead of the reading selections. Students are encouraged to practice the chapter reading strategy on their choice of reading selections. Because there are multiple reading selections, students could possibly practice the strategy several times. The chapter review has been moved to the end of the chapter. While most questions follow the cloze procedure format, questions in later chapters in the text require more thoroughly written answers.
- Chapter Tests Are Now In The Instructor's Manual: Chapter tests have been removed from the textbook. This allows for greater security and validity for administering chapter assessments. The Combined Skills Tests for comprehensive assessment at the end of the textbook have also been removed for security and validity of results. All the tests are available in the Instructor's Manual and online.
- Web Links: Web links have been added to allow students additional instruction and the interactive links will provide them with the opportunity for additional practice.
- Chapter Goals: Chapter goals are clearly stated so students know what they will learn when the chapter is completed--encouraging students to take charge of their learning.
- Integration of Skills and Strategies: Along with presenting the major reading skills--identifying the main idea, supporting details, implied main idea, transitions, patterns of organization, and others--the book introduces students to a world of reading strategies that will enable them to practice good habits while reading. Strategies such as SQ3R, annotating, and note taking will help students improve their comprehension of what they read and will enable them to learn different strategies that will help them comprehend and analyze what they read.
- Consistent Chapter Structure: Each chapter covers skills and strategies in a consistent and clear manner.
- Coverage of Visuals: A different visual type is covered at the end of each chapter.
- Critical Thinking: In addition to a multitude of skills exercises designed to help students build comprehension, the text features questions at the end of the reading selections that build on important critical thinking skills. Many practice exercises, too, require the application of critical thinking.
- Vocabulary Strategy Building: Every chapter covers a particular vocabulary strategy and relates that strategy to reading selections from the chapters.
- Focus on Academic Achievement: Tips and selected readings about studying and succeeding in school are integrated throughout the text.
- Pretest: These tests, which appear in Chapters 2 through 8, assess the student's knowledge of the skill to be introduced. This assessment helps both instructors and students target specific areas for improvement.
- Explanation: Each chapter is broken up into sections, with each section devoted to explanation and practice of a particular concept. Material is divided into manageable sections of information that are followed by practice of a specific skill.
- Exercises: An ample number and variety of exercises is included in every chapter. Most of the exercises contain paragraphs from textbooks, magazines, newspapers, and journals so that students can read various types of selections and learn new information about a variety of different subjects. Exercises are arranged using a step-by-step progression to build concepts and skills gradually.
- Reading Strategy: Every chapter includes an important reading strategy that students can use to help them comprehend and remember what they've read. Students are encouraged to practice the strategy on the longer reading selections included in each chapter.
- Chapter Review: A closing exercise tests students' knowledge of the concepts presented at the end of each chapter.
- An affordable price point: Each book in the series contains the same topics and content as other comparable textbooks, but for a third of the price.
Goals for Chapter 1. Reading and Academic Success. Reading and Professional Success. Reading and Personal Success. Reading and Better Thinking. How to Improve Reading Skills. Understand the Different Purposes for Reading. Understand the Mental Skills Required for Reading. Develop Individual Reading Skills. Learn and Use Different Reading Strategies. How This Book Will Help You Improve Your Reading.Goals of this Book. Organization and Features. Reading Strategy: Active Reading. Web Links. Reading Selection: Web Site Reading: "Ten Terrific Self-Motivating Tips," Mike Moore. Vocabulary Strategy: Using the Dictionary. Guide Words.Understanding a Dictionary Entry. Reading Visuals: Visual Aids. General Tips for Reading Visual Aids. Chapter 1 Review.
2. MAIN IDEAS.
Goals for Chapter 2. Pretest. General and Specific. Determining the Topic. Determining the Main Idea. The Topic Sentence. Locations of Topic Sentences. Topic Sentence as First Sentence. Topic Sentence in the Middle. Topic Sentence as Second or Third Sentence. Topic Sentence as Last Sentence. Topic Sentence as First and Last Sentence. Steps for Locating the Topic Sentence. Topic Sentences That Cover More Than One Paragraph. Reading Strategy: Creating an Effective Reading Environment. Web Link. Reading Selections: Biography: Boy Wonder: Mark Zuckerberg and the Beginning of Facebook; Textbook Reading: Hospitality: An Age-Old Industry; Textbook Reading: College Success: "Coping with Procrastination," Rebecca Moore, Barbara Baker, and Arnold S. Packer. Vocabulary Strategy: Synonyms. Reading Visuals: Tables. Chapter 2 Review.
3. Supporting Details, Mapping, and Outlining.
Goals for Chapter 3. Pretest. Major and Minor Details. Mapping and Outlining. Reading Strategy: Reading and Time Management. Web Links. Reading Selections: Biography: The Navajo Code Talkers; Textbook Reading: Psychology: "Physical Attractiveness"; Textbook Reading: College Success: Time Management for College Students. Vocabulary Strategy: Context and Meaning. Reading Visuals: Organizational Charts. Chapter 3 Review.
4. IMPLIED MAIN IDEAS.
Goals for Chapter 4. Pretest. Understanding Implied Main Ideas. Determining Implied Main Ideas. Step 1: Find the Subject of Each Sentence. Step 2: Determine a General Topic Based on the Specific Details. Step 3: State an Implied Main Idea. Reading Strategy: SQ3R. Web Links. Reading Selections: Biography: Survival of the Fittest; Textbook Reading: Law Enforcement: Modern-Day Piracy: Organized Crime; Website Reading: Biology: A Whale of a Trip. Vocabulary Strategy: The Definition/Restatement Context Clue. Reading Visuals: Flow Charts. Chapter 4 Review.
Goals for Chapter 5. Pretest. Characteristics of Transitions. Transition Words that Indicate a List. Transition Words that Indicate Sequence. Transition Words that Indicate Cause/Effect. Transition Words that Indicate Comparison/Contrast. Transition Words that Indicate Definition. Transitions in Combinations of Patterns. Reading Strategy: Summarizing. Web Links. READING SELECTIONS: Biography: Rosa Parks: An American Hero; Textbook Reading: Health Psychology: Environmental Stress: Health Psychology; Website Reading: Linguistics: Signing, Singing, Speaking: How Language Evolved. Vocabulary Strategy: The Explanation Context Clue. Reading Visuals: Pie Charts. Chapter 5 Review.
6. PATTERNS OF ORGANIZATION.
Goals for Chapter 6. Test Yourself. Topic Sentences. List. Sequence. Cause/Effect. Comparison/Contrast. Definition. Combination of Patterns. Reading Strategy: Taking Notes. Web Links. Reading Selections: Biography: Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross; Textbook Reading: Fashion Design: Fashion Emphasis, 2000– Present: You Make the Call!: Fashion Design; Newspaper Reading: Health: "Women React to Pain Differently Than Men," Rita Rubin. Vocabulary Strategy: The Example Context Clue. Reading Visuals: Line Graphs. Chapter 6 Review.
Goals for Chapter 7. Pretest. Inferences. Guidelines for Making Accurate Inferences. Making Inferences in Literature. Reading Strategy: Keeping a Reading Journal. Web Links. Reading Selections: Biography: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank; Textbook Reading: Weather and Climate: Aircraft Icing-- A Hazard to Flying: Weather and Climate; Website Reading: Health: Real Men Do Wear Pink. Vocabulary Strategy: The Contrast Context Clue. Reading Visuals: Bar Graphs. Chapter 7 Review.
8. CRITICAL READING.
Goals for Chapter 8. Pretest. Distinguishing Fact from Opinion. Informed vs. Uninformed Opinion. Connotation and Denotation. Purpose. Purpose: To Entertain. Purpose: To Inform. Purpose: To Persuade. Bias. Recognizing Bias. Logical Fallacies. Fallacies Related to a Lack of Sound Evidence. A Fallacy That Takes the Form of a Personal Attack. Fallacies That Appeal to What Other People Believe. Deciding for Yourself. Reading Strategy: REAP. Web Links.
Reading Selections: Biography: Howlin'' Wolf: Booming Voice Of The Blues; Textbook Reading: Agriculture: Kefa Village in Eastern Zambia: Agriculture; Newspaper Reading: Health: Pill-Popping Replaces Healthy Habits. Vocabulary Strategy: Formal vs. Informal Language. Reading Visuals: Maps. Chapter 8 Review.
"CRS is very user friendly. This is the kind of textbook that students don't mind doing. The goals (objectives) are clear, the exercises are manageable and meaningful, and the chapter review provides a variety of review of skills (i.e. vocabulary, etc). Also CRS is a total package for the developmental student. Each chapter offers comprehension skills but also study strategies (i.e. SQ3R), personal skills (i.e. time management) and a variety of interesting readings."
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Connect: College Reading, 2nd: Instructor’s Resource Manual with Test Bank
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