Higher Education

The Reader's Corner: Expanding Perspectives Through Reading, 5th Edition

  • Carol C. Kanar Valencia Community College
  • ISBN-10: 1285430441  |  ISBN-13: 9781285430447
  • 368 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2008, 2005
  • © 2015 | Published
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Written for the upper-level developmental reading course, THE READER’S CORNER features compelling reading selections and strategies that build strong critical-thinking and analytical skills. The readings vary in length and reflect a range of sources, from the Associated Press to the works of authors such as Shankar Vedantam, Caroline Hwang, Donna Brazile, and Leonard Pitts. Longer selections allow students to apply new skills and strategies to material similar to what they will encounter in other college courses. Unlike traditional texts that teach reading skills through “skill and drill” exercises, THE READER’S CORNER inspires students to think critically about what they read by offering a more authentic reading experience. The fifth edition presents refocused themes in Part 2, “Changing Times,” and Part 5, “Life and Work in a Digital Age,” and a new pair of readings in each part that look closely at opposing viewpoints on a topic. A robust pre- and post-reading apparatus accompanies each selection and helps build students’ vocabulary, critical-reading, and critical-thinking skills.

Features and Benefits

  • The reading selections, thematically organized into four parts (Parts 2-5), promote critical thinking and self-examination. The selections are written by a culturally diverse group of writers on a wide variety of thought-provoking topics that entertain, inform, and challenge students.
  • Textbook excerpts in each part provide students with an academic perspective on a wide range of disciplines-business, psychology, history, social science, and communication-and help prepare students for the rigorous reading that will be expected of them in their future college courses.
  • Each reading selection is framed by pre-reading and post-reading activities that are designed to lead students logically through the processes of analytical reading and critical thinking. Pre-reading activities include a detailed headnote, First Thoughts, and The Writer's Vocabulary. Post-reading activities include Comprehension Check, which helps students build and practice skill in finding the author's topic, purpose, and main idea, identifying stated details, and in making inferences; Using the Writer's Vocabulary, where students put new vocabulary terms to use; and Thinking Deeper, where students are encouraged to think critically about the reading and are provided with writing prompts to guide their response.

Table of Contents

1. Starting Points.
2. Our Changing Times.
3. Personal Challenges.
4. Hard Questions For All.
5. Life And Times In A Digital Age.

What's New

  • The fifth edition features over 40 percent new readings that explore topics like technology's impact on culture, gun control, discrimination, to name a few. Two parts have refocused themes: Part 1, “Changing Times,” and Part 5, “Life and Times in a Digital Age.”
  • In Parts 2 through 5, two new reading selections appear as a pair so students can compare different viewpoints on the same topic related to the part's theme. Topics include women's roles in combat, the gun control debate, Boy Scouts' inclusion of gays, and technology's impact on personal relationships.
  • All the readings have expanded background information provided to help build students' prior knowledge about issues, people, and events the reading discusses.
  • Part 1, “Starting Points,” includes expanded coverage on topic and main idea, a new section on strategies for reading in a digital age, and additional practice opportunities where students can immediately test their comprehension of reading strategies before applying them to the readings later in the book.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Text + Generic Aplia for Developmental Reading, High-Level Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1285727347 | ISBN-13: 9781285727349

List Price = $126.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $94.00

This Bundle Includes:

  • The Reader's Corner: Expanding Perspectives Through Reading
    List Price = $115.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $87.00
  • Aplia™, 1 term for Developmental Reading, High-Level, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card
    List Price = $45.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $33.75

Efficacy and Outcomes


“I like the READER'S CORNER very much because it provides a good range of reading materials (in terms of level of difficulty and topics). I also like the questions and response activities for each reading.”

— Elise Donovan,Union County College

“I love THE READER'S CORNER-and so do my students! It is in the format of a reader which allows for a collegiate experience. My students are motivated by the topics and by class discussions. The readings are not lengthy but very manageable.”

— Nancy Hoefer, Central Carolina Technical College


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 1305076028 | ISBN-13: 9781305076020)

The Instructor’s Resource Manual for THE READER’S CORNER is now available as a PDF only on the Instructor Companion Site. Streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation using such resources as Part 1, which contains a brief explanation of a three-part reading process applicable to most kinds of reading and continues with a discussion of active reading strategies. A pre-test and a post-test are provided for assessing students’ skills prior to and following instruction, along with charts they can use for tracking progress. Part 2 consists of exercise material you can assign to reinforce the essential reading skills explained in Part 1. The online Instructor’s Resource Manual can be downloaded and customized to fit the needs of your course.

Aplia™, 1 term Instant Access (High Level)  (ISBN-10: 1285464338 | ISBN-13: 9781285464336)

Aplia™ for Kanar, THE READER'S CORNER, is an online, auto-graded learning solution that helps your students becoming stronger readers. Engage and motivate your students with interesting, contemporary, and interactive activities and readings that pique student curiosity and build confidence with succinct instruction and a wealth of questions that lead to many small successes. With Aplia™ for Developmental English, you can manage the range of abilities of your reading and writing students with diagnostic testing and ongoing individualized practice through an Individualized Study Path (ISP) unique to Aplia™ from Cengage Learning. Visit http://www.aplia.com/developmentalenglish to learn more.

List Price = $80.00  | CengageBrain Price = $80.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $80.00

Student Supplements

Aplia™, 1 term Instant Access (High Level)  (ISBN-10: 1285464338 | ISBN-13: 9781285464336)

Aplia™ for Kanar, THE READER'S CORNER, is an online, auto-graded learning solution that helps you become a stronger reader. Access your text online and become engaged and motivated with interesting, contemporary, and interactive activities and readings that pique your curiosity and build confidence with succinct instruction and a wealth of questions that lead to many small successes.

List Price = $80.00  | CengageBrain Price = $80.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $80.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Carol C. Kanar

Carol C. Kanar is the author of several Cengage Learning writing, reading, and college success textbooks. Kanar is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned the Master of Arts in English, and of Rollins College, where she earned the Master of Education in reading. She has close to thirty years of teaching experience, twenty of which she spent at Valencia Community College teaching reading, writing, and study skills. A frequent conference presenter and speaker, Kanar has served on the Executive Board of the Florida Development Education Association and is an active member of the National Association of Developmental Educators.