Reading for Thinking

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Houghton Mifflin, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 651 pages
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The Fifth Edition of Reading for Thinking continues to focus on developing students' comprehension and critical-thinking skills. Flemming uses a carefully designed sequence of explanations and exercises that allows students to approach critical reading as a natural extension of essential comprehension skills, rather than a discrete set of new strategies. Armed with the ability to both analyze and evaluate a writer's work, students are encouraged to apply those twin intellectual tools to Flemming's trademark high-interest readings to determine purpose, analyze evidence, detect bias, recognize tone, and compare opposing points of view.

  • Taking Stock tests quiz students on new material while reviewing the skills they acquired in previous chapters.
  • Material on drawing conclusions and paraphrasing has been added, and coverage of organizational patterns, allusions, and reading flexibility has been increased.
  • Readings feature high-interest topics including ethical decision making, the effect of culture on communication, and the growing problem of identity theft to encourage critical thinking and discussion.
  • Text icons direct students to both the Reading for Thinking and the Getting Focused CD-ROM for additional exercises, reviews, and tests.
  • Clear explanations are accompanied by numerous models, illustrations, and writing assignments.

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Getting a Head Start on Academic
Adapting SQ3R to Shorter Readings
Using Context Clues

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About the author (2005)

After receiving her B.S. at Southern Connecticut State University, where she was certified as a teacher of secondary reading, Laraine Flemming went on to earn an M.A. in English literature at Boston College and a Ph.D. in American literature at the State University of New York in Buffalo. During her career, Flemming has taught students from elementary to graduate school covering subjects as varied as reading and writing, American literature, time management, speed reading, and study skills. She began writing textbooks while working as Director of the Reading and Writing Center at Dean Junior College. In need of a reading textbook that had lots of exercises combined with genuinely thought-provoking readings, Flemming decided to write her own. You can contact Laraine Flemming by emailing her at or by visiting her website at

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