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Developing Reading Versatility 11th Edition

W. Royce Adams, Becky Patterson

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2008, 2005, 2001
  • 448 Pages


DEVELOPING READING VERSATILITY, ELEVENTH EDITION, is written for the upper-level reading course (grade levels 9-12). This classic text offers students a comprehensive skills-strategies approach to reading that takes them from basic vocabulary development all the way through critical comprehension skills. The text offers a range of readings and exercises designed to help students meet any academic challenge and maximize both their efficiency and effectiveness as readers and students. From the development of study skills to using the Internet effectively to learning to evaluate textbook-style readings, DEVELOPING READING VERSATILITY offers students all the tools they need--as well as practice using them--to become successful college students.

W. Royce Adams, Santa Barbara City College, Emeritus

Royce Adams was a faculty member at Santa Barbara City College for many years. He is the author of several best-selling reading and writing textbooks and is an active participant in the College Reading and Learning Association.

Becky Patterson, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Emerita

  • The relocation of Chapter 9 on textbook comprehension to the Literal Comprehension section gives students upfront information and practice exercises designed to enhance their overall academic experience.
  • Chapter 3 on computer reading skills has been moved to the Critical Comprehension section, where students will gain a better understanding of how to critically analyze information provided on the Internet.
  • Additional timed readings have been added to help students improve reading rates.
  • Vocabulary checks at the end of each chapter familiarize students with words that they should know to successfully complete academic reading assignments at the college level.
  • Pro and con essays in the critical comprehension section helps students develop the skills to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of different arguments and analytical styles.
  • Exercises in three progressive areas--literal, critical, and affective comprehension--give students the chance to gradually build their reading and analytical skills.
  • Numerous comprehension and vocabulary questions and exercises throughout the text help reinforce the material and build students' reading confidence.
  • Updated information on the Internet and the effective use of search engines is paired with Internet activities that give students the opportunity to develop their online research skills.
1. Developing Vocabulary Skills.
2. Developing Literal Recall.
3. Developing Study Reading Strategies.
4. Distinguishing Fact from Opinion.
5. Recognizing Tone, Figurative Language and Point of View.
6. Recognizing Inferences, Drawing Conclusions and Evaluating Arguments.
7. Developing Affective Awareness.
8. Reading Affectively Effectively.
9. Developing Computer Reading Skills.
Timed Reading Conversion Chart.
Student Record Chart.
Photo Credits.

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