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Reading Keys, 4th Edition

  • Laraine E. Flemming
  • ISBN-10: 1133589952  |  ISBN-13: 9781133589952
  • 592 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2007, 2003
  • © 2014 | Published
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About

Overview

READING KEYS – the first in a three-book reading series by Laraine Flemming – offers a comprehensive introduction to reading skills and strategies for introductory readers (levels 6-8), from using context clues to identifying purpose and bias. Clear, accessible explanations present reading concepts without oversimplifying the process of reading comprehension. To ensure students' understanding, reading "keys" or summaries follow the explanations, breaking them down into manageable chunks. Throughout each chapter, a variety of steadily more difficult exercises assess students' understanding of the material and promote improved comprehension and critical-thinking skills. This incremental approach to instruction and assessment makes it easier for beginning readers to absorb and master new information. The Fourth Edition includes new chapters on analyzing arguments and sentence relationships. In addition, there is a greater emphasis on recognizing and understanding verbal clues to meaning, new discussions on how the brain learns and remembers new information, and several new engaging readings.

Features and Benefits

  • A vocabulary feature, "Ten Words for Your Textbook Vocabulary," helps students acquire and develop an academic vocabulary.
  • The text moves students from general reading strategies (in Chapter 1) and defining words in context through topics and main ideas, drawing inferences, and identifying patterns of organization.
  • Each topic provides explanation and a "Reading Keys" summary, followed by numerous exercises, which provide immediate hands-on practice.
  • End of chapter elements include a "Rounding Up the Keys" summary, "Ten Words for Your Vocabulary," a longer "Digging Deeper" reading selection with questions to develop analytical skills, and 6-8 Tests that measure students' comprehension.
  • Frequent textbook selections prepare students for academic reading, bolstered by vocabulary boxes and features that encourage development of appropriate vocabulary.

Table of Contents

1. Getting into a Textbook State of Mind.
2. More on Words and Meanings.
3. Understanding Sentence Relationships.
4. Identifying Topics, Main Ideas, and Topic Sentences.
5. Working Together: Topic Sentences adn Supporting Details
6. Drawing Inferences About Implied Main Ideas
7. Recognizing Patterns of Organization
8. Mixing and Matching Organizational Patterns
9. Analyzing Arguments.
Combining Your Skills.

What's New

  • Revisions: How have the weaknesses been addressed in this new edition? Discuss the changes made to improve this edition and describe any new key features added.
  • The Fourth Edition includes these new features: new chapter on analyzing arguments, a new chapter on sentence relationships, a greater emphasis on recognizing and understanding verbal clues to meaning, new discussions of how the brain learns and remembers new information and a revised explanation of using the Web for background knowledge. More photos have been included to stimulate student interest in the topics discussed.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"Reading Keys...[is] a text that gives students a thorough explanation of reading skills/concepts and provides many opportunities to practice the newly learned skill."

— Elaine Bush, Darton College

"top notch" in my opinion. I have reviewed and looked at other developmental reading textbooks, and they just don't compare to Flemming's texts."

— Jenni Wessel-Fields, Black Hawk College

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Laraine E. Flemming

After receiving her B.S. at Southern Connecticut State University, where she was certified as a teacher of secondary reading, Laraine Flemming went on to earn an M.A. in English literature at Boston College and a Ph.D. in American literature at the State University of New York in Buffalo. During her career, Flemming has taught students from elementary to graduate school covering subjects as varied as reading and writing, American literature, time management, speed reading, and study skills. She began writing textbooks while working as Director of the Reading and Writing Center at Dean Junior College. In need of a reading textbook that had lots of exercises combined with genuinely thought-provoking readings, Flemming decided to write her own. You can contact Laraine Flemming by emailing her at laflemm@comcast.net or by visiting her website at www.laflemm.com.