Higher Education

Making Connections: Reading and Understanding College Textbooks, 3rd Edition

  • Sheila Allen Harford Community College
  • ISBN-10: 1413002412  |  ISBN-13: 9781413002416
  • 448 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2002, 1998
  • © 2005 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $104.50



MAKING CONNECTIONS teaches students the critical reading skills they need to complete college assignments by using actual textbook chapters, research articles and literary pieces as reading material.

Table of Contents

Unit One: The Student�s Role as Learner.
Unit Two: Vocabulary Skills: Context and Word Part Clues.
1. Understanding Textbook Vocabulary.
Unit Three: Comprehension Skills: Understanding Passages and Graphics.
2. Finding Main Ideas.
3. Determining organizational Patterns of Paragraphs.
4. Reading and Interpreting Graphics.
Unit Four: Critical Thinking Skills: Understanding an Author�s Intent.
5. Making Inferences.
6. Determining Facts and Opinions.
7. Reading and Answering Test Questions.
Unit Five: Four Textbooks.
8. Health: Personal Stress Management.
9. American History: The Furnace of Civil War.
10. Business: Human Resource Management and Motivation.
11. Psychology: Personality.
Unit Six: Reading and Taking Notes from Periodicals.
Health Articles.
American History Articles.
Business Articles.
Psychology Articles.
Appendix A: Answers to Practice Tests.
Appendix B: Reading Essays about Literary Works.
Appendix C: Selected Answers to Part I Exercises.

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"The best thing about this text is its thoroughly practical skills-based approach put into a larger context of reading, studying, and test-taking."

— Rosemary Johnsen, Grand Valley State University

"This text offers a variety of materials from which to select for reading assignments. There is literally something for everyone in this text."

— Ulanda Forbess, North Central Texas College

"This text helps me meet my goals for the course by expanding contextual vocabulary proficiencies and by developing comprehension skills."

— Bernette Henry, Essex Community College


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Instructor Supplements

Everyday Use by Alice Walker (DVD): Wadsworth Original Film Series in Literature  (ISBN-10: 1413006582 | ISBN-13: 9781413006582)

NOT AVAILABLE SEPARATELY, FOR BUNDLE PURCHASE ONLY. Available on DVD, these films can be packaged with new copies of the text at no additional cost to your students. Contact your sales representative to order. The DVD includes "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker with an exclusive interview with the author.