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Reading for Thinking, 8th Edition

  • Laraine E. Flemming
  • ISBN-10: 1285430468  |  ISBN-13: 9781285430461
  • 736 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • © 2015 | Published
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Overview

Through a winning combination of easy-to-understand explanations, high-interest readings, and a carefully designed chapter sequence, Laraine Flemming's READING FOR THINKING takes the mystery out of critical reading for developmental students. Following a comprehensive review of essential learning and comprehension strategies such as evaluating websites, identifying main ideas, and using organizational patterns to aid remembering, Flemming shows how critical reading is a natural part of comprehending an author's message. Chapter by chapter, students expand their definition of comprehension to include evaluating a writer's purpose, recognizing tone, separating fact from opinion, and determining the degree of bias, while also learning how to summarize and synthesize different points of view on the same topic. In addition to marginal annotations modeling the skilled reader's response, a host of new readings, a new vocabulary feature, and brand new material about reading on the Web, the eighth edition of READING FOR THINKING expands the use of writing assignments to help students identify the strategies writers use to communicate their ideas to readers effectively.

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Features and Benefits

  • A carefully designed sequence of instruction takes students step by step from identifying the key elements of a paragraph to evaluating the style and logic of extended arguments.
  • Clear explanations and numerous examples of paraphrasing, summarizing, and synthesizing--three strategies essential to academic work in almost every discipline.
  • Two sets of textbook and newspaper selections integrate longer, multi-page readings into the middle and end of the book so that students can easily review everything they have learned about comprehension from the first five chapters and then complete several comprehension and critical reading reviews at the book's conclusion.
  • Each chapter includes a series of Allusion Alerts, introducing students to common allusions likely to appear in textbooks, newspapers, and essays.
  • Extensive coverage of reading and writing on the Web, with each chapter introducing Web assignments that provide practice formulating search terms and evaluating websites.
  • New vocabulary coverage in each chapter with three different chances to learn and review new words drawn mainly from textbooks.

Table of Contents

Preface.
1. Acquiring the Keys to Academic Success.
Make Sure You Have a Study Method for Completing Textbook Assignments. SQ3R Is Worth the Effort. Using a Different System. S: Survey. Q: Questions. R-1: Read. R-2: Recall. R-3: Review. Write While You Read. Symbols for Underlining and Annotating. Paraphrase to Check Comprehension. Paraphrase in Marginal Notes. Pointers on Paraphrasing While Reading. Use the Web to Build Background Knowledge. Looking for Background Knowledge on the Web. Selecting the Right Sites to View. Creating Effective Search Terms. Pointers for Picking a Website. Warning Signs That Signal Untrustworthy Websites. Think Twice About Using Wikipedia. Writing and Reading on the Web. Use Hypertext Strategically. Taking Stock: Short-Term Memory --Do You Know the Magic Number? Test 1: Recognizing an Accurate Paraphrase. Test 2: Recognizing an Accurate Paraphrase. Test 3: Paraphrasing with Accuracy.
2. Vocabulary Building for College.
Master the Specialized Vocabulary in Your Courses. Look for Words that Get Extra Attention. Look for Ordinary Words That Double as Specialized Vocabulary. Use the Glossary for Troublesome Definitions. Use Online Dictionaries. Build Up Your General Academic Vocabulary. Pay Attention to Any Words Followed by Definitions. Notice Word Repetition. Learn New Words by Creating Your Own Recall Clues. Linking Words to Images. Use Antonyms as Recall Clues. Use Context Clues. Contrast Clues. Restatement Clues. Example Clues. General Knowledge Clues. Learn Common Word Parts. Make Allusions Part of Your Vocabulary Building. Allusions Vary with Your Audience. Allusions with Staying Power. Learning Common Allusions. Taking Stock: The Science of Romantic Love. Test 1: Reviewing New Vocabulary. Test 2: Reviewing New Vocabulary. Test 3: Using Context Clues. Test 4: Understanding Common Cultural Allusions.
3. Reviewing Paragraph Essentials.
Recognizing the Topic. Inferring the Topic. From Topics to Main Ideas. Recognizing Main Ideas in Paragraphs. Topic Sentence Locations. Introductory Sentences Team Up with Reversal Transitions. Addition Transitions Send a Different Message. Two More Key Topic Sentence Locations in Textbooks. Topic Sentences Arriving at the End. Question-and-Answer Topic Sentences. Word Check I. The Function of Supporting Details. Purpose and Audience Influence Supporting Details. Knowing the Difference Between Major and Minor Details. Minor Details Can Be Meaningful. Using Category Words to Identify Major Details. Word Check II. Taking Stock: What Causes Right or Left. Test 1: Reviewing New Vocabulary. Test 2: Reviewing New Vocabulary. Test 3: Recognizing Topics and Topic Sentences. Test 4: Understanding the Function of Supporting Details. Test 5: Recognizing and Paraphrasing Topic Sentences. Test 6: Reviewing New Vocabulary.
4. Identifying and Learning From Organizational Patterns.
Pattern 1: Definition. Typical Topic Sentences. Pattern 2: Process. Verbal Clues to the Pattern. Typical Topic Sentences. Flow Charts. Pattern 3: Sequence of Dates and Events. Transition Clues. Typical Topic Sentences. Pattern 4: Simple Listing. Typical Topic Sentence Clues to the Pattern. Pattern 5: Classification. Typical Topic Sentences. Pattern 6: Comparison and Contrast. Typical Topic Sentences. Transitions. Pattern 7: Cause and Effect. Typical Topic Sentences. Common Transitions and Verbs. Common Connectives. Chains of Cause and Effect. When Patterns Combine. Word Check. Taking Stock: Why Should We Care About the American Alligator? Test 1: Recognizing Organizational Patterns. Test 2: Recognizing Organizational Patterns. Test 3: Recognizing Organizational Patterns. Test 4: Reviewing New Vocabulary.
5. Understanding, Outlining, and Summarizing Longer Readings.
Understanding Longer Readings. The Main Idea Controls More Than a Paragraph. Several Sentences May be Needed to Express the Main Idea. Ideas Can Get Bigger. Introductions Can Get Longer. The Author May Conclude Rather than Begin with the Main Idea. One Supporting Detail Can Take Up Several Paragraphs. A Minor Detail Can Occupy an Entire Paragraph. Main Ideas Aren''t All Equal. Thinking About Purpose. Persuasive Writing. Outlining Longer Readings. Start with the Title. Follow With the Thesis Statement. Use Key Words in the Thesis Statement to Select Details. Streamline the Major Details. Include Any Essential Minor Details. Indent to Reveal Relationships. Be Consistent. Word Check I. Summarizing Longer Readings. Goal of Summarizing. Pointers for Summary Writing. Common Transitional Signals and the Author''s Message. From Text to Summary. Word Check II. Taking Stock: Can We Trust Our Memories? Test 1: Identifying the Controlling Main Idea and Purpose. Test 2: Recognizing Thesis Statements and Supporting Details. Test 3: Outlining Longer Readings. Test 4: Recognizing the Best Summary. Test 5: Summarizing Longer Readings. Test 6: Reviewing New Vocabulary. Reviewing with Longer Readings. Reading 1: Heredity or Environment: What Can Identical Twins Tell Us? Reading 2: Legalizing of Marijuana Raises Health Concerns. Reading 3: Dealing with Conflict. Reading 4: White Collar Criminals: Swindlers and Chiselers.
6. The Role of Inferences in Comprehension and Critical Reading.
Drawing Inferences to Follow the Author''s Trail. Nouns and Pronouns. Tricky Pronouns and Antecedents. Looking at This and That. Keep an Eye on Which. General Category Substitutes. Substitute by Association. Spotting the Links in the Chain. Inferring Main Ideas. The Difference Between Logical and Illogical Inferences. Drawing Inferences About Supporting Details. Writers and Readers Collaborate. Word Check I. Implied Main Ideas in Longer Readings. Making Connections Between Paragraphs. Drawing Logical Conclusions. Word Check II. Taking Stock: J. Robert Oppenheimer and The Manhattan Project. Test 1: Drawing Inferences About Pronouns and Other Noun Substitutes. Test 2: Recognizing the Implied Main Idea. Test 3: Drawing an Effective Inference. Test 4: Inferring Main Ideas and Supporting Details. Test 5: Drawing Your Own Conclusions. Test 6: Inferring Implied Main Ideas in Longer Readings. Test 7: Reviewing New Vocabulary.
7. Synthesizing Sources.
Synthesizing Sources. Synthesizing to Inform or to Persuade. Keep Your Purpose in Mind. Writing and Synthesizing. Ten Questions for Synthesizing Sources. Synthesizing Longer Readings. Steps in Creating a Synthesis. Creating a Synthesis: Step 1. Step 2: Look for Connections. What Synthesizing Accomplishes. Synthesis Statements Aren''t Created with a Cookie Cutter. Word Check. Taking Stock: The Kikuyu''s Painful Passage Into Adulthood. Test 1: Recognizing Correct Synthesis Statements. Test 2: Recognizing Effective Synthesis Statements. Test 3: Creating Synthesis Statements. Test 4: Reviewing New Vocabulary.
8. Understanding the Difference between Fact and Opinion.
Facts Versus Opinions. Obscure Facts. Changing Facts. Calling It a Fact Doesn''t Necessarily Make It One. Finding Facts on the World Wide Web. Opinions. You Can''t Verify Opinions. Be Alert to Opinions Mixed in With Facts. Connotative Language is the Language of Personal Evaluation. Informed Versus Uninformed Opinions. Informed Opinions Have Backup. Opinions in Casual Conversation Versus Written. Checking for Relevance in Longer Readings. Separate Fact and Opinion in Textbooks. Check that Opinions are Backed by Supporting Details. Word Check. Taking Stock: What Exactly is a Frivolous Lawsuit? Test 1: Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion. Test 2: Checking for Relevance. Test 3: Checking for Relevance. Test 4: Writing a Summary. Test 5: Reviewing New Vocabulary.
9. Analyzing Arguments.
Opinion Statements Form the Foundations of Arguments. Statements of Value. Statements of Policy. Statements of Condition. Combination Statements. Six Common Introductory Statements. Five Common Types of Support. Personal Experience. Reasons. Examples and Illustrations. Expert Opinion. Research Results. Identifying the Opposing Point of View. Analyze the Writer''s Response to Objections. Using and Responding to Tone. A Writer''s Tone Consists of Many Different Elements. Irony and Tone. Tone and Figurative Language. Similes. Metaphors. Word Check. Taking Stock: More Guns = More Killing. Test 1: Analyzing Arguments. Test 2: Analyzing Arguments. Test 3: Analyzing Arguments. Test 4: Identifying Tone. Test 5: Reviewing New Vocabulary.
10. Evaluating Arguments.
Support That Gets a Failing Grade. Reasons That Go in Circles. Hasty Generalizations. Irrelevant Reasons. Unidentified Experts. Inappropriate Experts. Unidentified Research. Dated Research. Responding to Bias in Persuasive Writing. Acceptable Versus Unacceptable Bias. Excessive Bias and Distracting the Reader. Making Personal Character Attacks. Sliding Down the Slippery Slope. Working on the Reader''s Emotions. No Comment is Proof Enough. Word Check. Taking Stock: Use Your Own Words. Test 1: Spotting the Author''s Opinion and the Support that Fails. Test 2: Recognizing Errors in Reasoning. Test 3: Recognizing Excessive Bias. Test 4: Reviewing New Vocabulary. Putting It All Together. Reading 1: Living in a Digital World. Reading 2: Necessary Conversations. Reading 3: Are Today''s Students Lacking in Empathy? Reading 4: Society Makes Us Human. Reading 5: Raising Successful Children.
Index.

What's New

  • Brand new "Reviewing through Writing" assignments in every chapter show students how readers can learn from writers and vice versa.
  • Marginal annotations function as "think alouds" to model the ways in which skilled readers respond to textual clues.
  • Chapter 1 introduces a revised discussion of using the Web for background knowledge, along with more pointers and practice on evaluating website credibility.
  • Chapter 1 now describes how Web writing differs from print texts, while including a writing assignment that asks students to apply what they've learned by making a print excerpt Web ready.
  • Increased use of diagrams and photos to encourage dual processing of both concepts and content.
  • More exercises designed for collaborative learning.
  • Double the number of textbook readings accompanied by pointers on responding to discipline-specific prose.
  • A revised discussion of argument that devotes one chapter to analyzing arguments (Chapter 9) and another to evaluating them (Chapter 10).

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Reviews

"The biggest strength of the book is the number of practice exercises for determining and enhancing the level of reading comprehension. The supplemental exercises provided online further this point."

— Jerry Stevens, Kent State University-Trumbull

"I like how there are exercises after each skill taught, and I also like that there are multiple tests at the end of each chapter. This allows teachers to assign them as additional homework/practice. I think the quality of both exercises and tests are very good."

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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.

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Laraine Flemming's WORDS COUNT, Second Edition, teaches key vocabulary terms based on the premise that students learn best by seeing words repeatedly in different contexts-not through rote memorization. These vocabulary terms appear in increasing levels of difficulty throughout the text, and have been carefully selected to highlight essential words that students will frequently encounter in their readings. Extensive practice opportunities appear in each chapter, in addition to end-of-unit tests.

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READING KEYS provides you with reading skills and strategies that will help increase your performance in all of your college courses. Clear, simple explanations will help you build your reading skills quickly. Reading "keys" or summaries follow the explanations, breaking them down into manageable chunks. Throughout each chapter, the exercises become gradually more difficult to help you build toward better understanding and critical thinking skills. The Fourth Edition offers even more engaging readings, as well as compelling chapters on analyzing arguments and sentence relationships. A complete technology package, including online homework and practice, provides dynamic learning opportunities.

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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.