Higher Education

Reading Thresholds, 2nd Edition

  • Carolyn H. Fitzpatrick University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Marybeth B. Ruscica St. John's University
  • ISBN-10: 0669416010  |  ISBN-13: 9780669416015
  • 432 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1993
  • © 1999 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $120.50



Reading Thresholds helps basic readers develop analytical abilities and apply them to material they will encounter in college and in their careers. Students progress through a series of paragraph- and essay-length readings, moving naturally to longer selections as their confidence builds. The text's integrated treatment of reading, writing, and study skills; pedagogy using the SQ3R model; and encouraging tone guide students toward active and effective reading.

Table of Contents

Part I
1. Developing Academic Survival Skills
2. Developing Listening and Notetaking Skills
3. Increasing Vocabulary
Part II
4. Main Ideas
5. Supporting Details
6. Organizational Patterns
7. Previewing and Skimming
8. Approaching Textbooks
9. Critical Reading
10. Reading Faster
Part III
Reading Applications
1. Secrets of the Sleep Merchants, William Lindsay Gresham
2. The Library Card, Richard Wright
3. Seven Secrets of Peak Performance, Morton Hunt
4. Hooray for the Hot Dog, Barbara Smalley
5. Job Hunting? Watch What You Say! Leigh Knotts
6. The Buried Treasure of Oak Island, Ralph H. Major, Jr.
7. Does America Still Exist? Richard Rodriguez
8. Set Your Body's Time Clock to Work for You,Barbara Rowes
9. Trade Secrets: Global Markets Spur Toledo's Turnaround, Christopher Garcia

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Carolyn H. Fitzpatrick

Carol H. Fitzpatrick received her B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her M.A. in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Currently, she directs the Writing and Rhetoric Division, Department of English, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Marybeth B. Ruscica

After earning her B.A. and M.A. in English at St. John's University, Marybeth B. Ruscica began teaching at Kingsborough Community College where she determined to become a basic skills specialist.Following the Professional Diploma in Reading program at Hofstra University, Ruscica worked at several colleges and universities as an adjunct, teaching developmental and freshman composition classes, as well as reading skills courses. She directed the Writing Lab at St. Peter's College in New Jersey, and then became a full-time basic skills specialist at Bloomfield College before returning to St. John's University as the Reading Program Coordinator and, eventually, the Director of University Learning Support Services.