A Community of Readers: A Thematic Approach to Reading

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Cengage Learning, Feb 21, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 588 pages
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Organized around high-interest contemporary themes, A Community of Readers presents college-level reading skills in the context of current and real-life issues relevant to students. A Community of Readers offers guided, in-depth instruction in all segments of the reading and learning process: reading, discussing, writing, and critical thinking. The authors use a unique system to teach the reading process called PRO (Prepare to Read, Read Actively and Reflect, and Organize to learn), which gives students a concrete learning device to follow. Each chapter introduces a key reading skill (main idea, vocabulary, inference), with all readings in that chapter centered on the same theme; this thematic organization helps students develop schema while improving their reading skills. The Fourth Edition emphasizes basic reading skills as well as higher level, critical reading skills, examining fact and opinion, understanding bias, and thinking critically.

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Contents

Skills Instruction and Thematic Readings
1
Education
5
PRO
7
CHAPTER REVIEW
32
MASTERY TEST 1A How to Remember Carole Wade and Carol Tavris
36
Mastery Test 1B What Is Collaborative Learning Toni HaringSmith
43
Computer Technology and Beyond
51
Word Parts
68
Reading 1
353
EVALUATING FACTS
361
EVALUATING OPINIONS
371
CHAPTER REVIEW
387
Mastery Test 7B Can We All Get Along? Al Martinez
397
Science Society and Disease
405
CRITICAL THINKING
411
Reading 3
424

The Dictionary
78
Textbook Aids and Specialized Vocabulary
90
Our Food Our Culture
109
Staying Well
171
SUPPORTING POINTS
175
Where We Live
229
COMBINED PATTERNS OF ORGANIZATION
259
CHAPTER REVIEW
273
Mastery Test 5B Sociological Perspectives on Urbanization and City Life
280
Dealing with Gender
287
Tannen Sex Lies and Conversation
304
INFERENCES FROM WORDS
307
READING LITERATURE
314
CHAPTER REVIEW
333
Health
339
MASTERY Test 6B The Men We Carry in Our Minds Scott Russell Sanders
343
Living in a Diverse Society
351
CHAPTER REVIEW
437
Mastery Test 8B Making Well People Better Pat Mooney
449
Additional Readings and Exercises
459
Social and Ethical
468
Creativity and Longevity
477
Cumulative Mastery Tests
509
A Readers Toolkit
529
Living in a Diverse Society
535
TEST TAKING
545
WRITING TIPS FOR READERS
549
Reader Response Journals
550
READING CIRCLES
558
Poster Sessions
567
Bibliography
577
Cunningham Use the Tools for College Success
580
Photo and Art Credits
583
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About the author (2006)

Dr. Roberta Alexander is Professor Emeritus at San Diego City College. She has taught Reading, Composition, Literature, Chicano Studies, and Black Studies as well as English as a Second Language courses for the San Diego Community College District since 1974. Formerly the Department Chair of English, Chair of Chairs, and Academic Senate President, she now focuses on teaching and writing. She is the author of a series of college reading textbooks. Dr. Alexander earned her BA in Spanish Literature from University of California, Berkeley and her PhD in Comparative Literature from University of California, San Diego.

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