Higher Education

Academic Literacy: Readings and Strategies, 4th Edition

  • Jill Lewis New Jersey City University
  • ISBN-10: 0618639462  |  ISBN-13: 9780618639465
  • 656 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004, 2001, 1996
  • © 2007 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $125.25

About

Overview

Academic Literacy combines a mid-level handbook of reading strategies with textbook readings from six different disciplines to help students succeed across the college curriculum. This useful combination of readings and handbook allows instructors great teaching flexibility. In addition to the many academic readings, Academic Literacy also includes a substantive apparatus of detailed instructions and exercises, techniques for active listening and note taking, short-answer questions, tips on how to prepare for tests, and tests that engage students' critical-thinking skills. It especially emphasizes self-assessment as a way to develop good reading habits.

Features and Benefits

  • Approximately fifty percent new readings include works by Brenda Fowler, Andrew Sullivan, and Paul Klebnikov.
  • Coverage includes evaluating Web-based materials.
  • Instruction on word structure, major and minor details, and point of view expands students' understanding of these key reading topics.
  • Using Technology activities activities provide students with opportunities to develop critical and creative thinking by integrating computer-based activities with traditional text-based experiences.
  • Each chapter in Part Two offers paired readings that present differing viewpoints on the same subject.

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter in Part I concludes with a Chapter Summary and an Extended Application.
I. Handbook for Reading and Studying Strategies
1. Taking Control of Your Reading
Assessing Your Academic Self-Esteem
Taking Control of Your Learning
Taking Control of Your Learning Environment
Taking Control of Your Comprehension
Preparing for Tests
2. Strategies for Increasing Vocabulary: Using Context Clues, Word Parts and the Dictionary
What Do We Mean By Context?
How Will Context Help You Read Academic Text?
What Is the Process for Using Context Clues?
What Are the Most Useful Types of Context Clues?
Word Structure: A Clue to Word Meaning
Intelligent Use of the Dictionary
3. Strategic Reading for Topics, Subtopics, and Main Ideas
What Is the Topic of a Reading Selection?
Recognizing Topics and Subtopics
Just What is the Main Idea?
Purposes for Creating Main-Idea Sentences
The Process for Creating Main-Idea Sentences
Other Considerations for Creating Main-Idea Sentences
Testing Your Main-Idea Sentences
4. Understanding Details
Why Are Details Needed?
Understanding Types of Details
Details as Answers to Questions
Major and Minor Details
5. Understanding Organizational Patterns in Academic Texts
Reviewing What You Already Know
How Can Patterns Be Identified?
Relationships Among Main Ideas, Details and Patterns
Recognizing Patterns of Organization
Using Patterns to Help You Remember
6. Strategies for Critical Reading and Thinking: Fact/Opinion; Point of View; Style, Mood and Tone
What Is Critical Reading?
Distinguishing Statements of Fact from Statements of Opinion
Evidence for Statements of Opinion
Additional Criteria for Judging Facts and Opinions
Identifying Author''s Style, Mood, and Tone
7. Reading Critically to Make Inferences, Draw Conclusions and Analyze Web-Based Materials
Inferences in Everyday Life
Finding Support for Your Inferences
Drawing Conclusions from Your Reading
Analyzing Web-Based Material
8. Strategies for Reading Visual Aids in Texts
What Are Visual Aids?
What Are the Various Types of Visual Aids?
How Do Visual Aids Facilitate Comprehension?
What Are Effective Strategies for Reading Visual Aids?
Previewing Visual Aids
Noting Details
Connecting Visual Aids to Text
Making Inferences from Visual Aids
Drawing Conclusions from Visual Aids
9. Strategies for Active Listening and Notetaking
Becoming a Good Listener
Indicators of Positive Listening
Effective Notetaking from Books and Lectures
A Process for Effective Notetaking
Identifying Usable Notes
Notetaking Basics
Notetaking Systems
Using Your Notes Effectively
Preparing Graphics from Lectures and Texts
Underlining and Marking Textbooks
10. Assessing Your New Knowledge
II. Background Essays for Academic Literacy
Cross-Reference to Handbook for Reading and Study Strategies
11. Psychology: The Science of the Mind and Behavior
Key Concepts for the Study of Psychology
Selection 1: The Education Directorate and the Office of Public Communications of the American Psychological Association, What Psychology Is
Preview
Reading Selection
Comprehension of the Discipline
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
Guidelines for Reading Psychology
Selection 2: Randy Borum, Understanding the Terrorist Mind-Set
Preview
Reading Selection
Postreading Comprehension Development
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
Selection 3: Monica Ramirez Basco, The "Perfect" Trap
Preview
Reading Selection
Postreading Comprehension Development
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
Selection 4: Robert Kubey and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Television Addiction Is No Mere Metaphor
Preview
Reading Selection
Postreading Comprehension Development
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding

12. Sociology: The Science of Societies and Their Effects on Human Behavior
Key Concepts for the Study of Sociology
Selection 5: James M. Henslin, The Sociological Perspective
Preview
Reading Selection
Comprehension of the Discipline
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Guidelines for Reading Sociology
Selection 6: Donna Harrington-Lueker, Blown Away by School Violence
Preview
Reading Selection
Postreading Comprehension Development
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
Selections 7 and 8 Alternative Viewpoints: Same-Sex Marriage
Andrew Sullivan, Here Comes the Groom (Viewpoint 1)
Robert Sokolowski, The Threat of Same-Sex Marriage (Viewpoint 2)
Preview
Viewpoint 1
Viewpoint 2
Postreading Comprehension Development
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
13. The Sciences: Knowledge of the Physical World
Key Concepts for the Study of the Sciences
Selection 9: American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Nature of Science
Preview
Reading Selection
Comprehension of the Discipline
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
Guidelines for Reading the Sciences
Selection 10: Dustin Stephens and Robert Dudley, The Drunken Monkey Hypothesis
Preview
Reading Selection
Postreading Comprehension Development
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
Selection 11: Natural Disasters: Earthquakes and Tsunamis
Preview
Reading Selection
Postreading Comprehension Development
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
14. Business: The Activities of Groups or Individuals Who Develop, Produce, and Distribute Goods and Services
Key Concepts for the Study of Business
Selection 12: Preview Roger E. Herman and Joyce L. Gioia, Making Work Meaningful: Secrets of the Future-Focused Corporation
Preview
Reading Selection
Comprehension of the Discipline
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
Guidelines for Reading Business
Selection 13: Jack Bishop, Who Are the Pirates? The Politics of Piracy, Poverty, and Greed in a Globalized Music Market
Preview
Reading Selection
Postreading Comprehension Development
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
Selection 14: Paul Klebnikov, Coke''s Sinful World
Preview
Reading Selection
Postreading Comprehension Development
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
Selection 15: Tyce Palmaffy, El Millionairo Next Door
Preview
Reading Selection
Postreading Comprehension Development
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding

15. History: A Record or Explanation of Past Events
Key Concepts for the Study of History
Selection 16: F. Otnes, compiler, Why History?
Preview
Reading Selection
Comprehension of the Discipline
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
Guidelines for Reading History
Selection 17: Olaudah Equiano, Kidnapped, Enslaved, and Sold Away c. 1756
Preview
Reading Selection
Postreading Comprehension Development
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
Selection 18: Brenda Fowler, A Place Without History
Preview
Reading Selection
Postreading Comprehension Development
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
16. Political Science: A Social Science Analyzing Political Processes and Institutions
Key Concepts for the Study of Political Science
Selection 19: W. Phillips Shively, Politics: Setting the Stage
Preview
Reading Selection
Comprehension of the Discipline
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
Guidelines for Reading Political Science
Selection 20: James Q. Wilson, What Should We Know About American Government?
Preview
Reading Selection
Postreading Comprehension Development
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding
Selections 21 and 22 Alternative Viewpoints: Illegal Immigration
Mark Krikorian, The Way to Go On Immigration (Viewpoint 1)
Edwin Meese III, James Jay Carafano, Ph. D., Matthew Spalding, Ph. D. and Paul Rosenzweig, Not Amnesty, but Attrition: The Way to Go on Immigration (Viewpoint 2)
Preview
Viewpoint 1
Viewpoint 2
Postreading Comprehension Development
Critical Thinking: Reaction and Discussion
Using Technology for Further Understanding

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jill Lewis

Jill Lewis (Ed.D) is Professor of Literacy Education at New Jersey City University. She is an active particpant in IRA.