Reading for Thinking

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Cengage Learning, Jan 6, 2011 - Education - 704 pages
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Incorporating a wealth of practice exercises and high-interest readings, READING FOR THINKING focuses on improving reading skills at the micro-level and moving on to the macro-level. Over half of the book is devoted to evaluating, drawing inferences, and identifying tone, bias, and purpose. The Seventh Edition 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 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. Vocabulary quizzes have been added to each chapter.
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Acquiring the Keys to Academic Success
Vocabulary Building for College Reading
Reviewing Paragraph Essentials
Identifying and Learning from Organizational Patterns
Understanding Outlining and Summarizing Longer Readings
The Role of Inferences in Comprehension and Critical Reading
Synthesizing Sources
Understanding the Difference Between Fact and Opinion
Focusing More on Purpose and Tone
Analyzing Arguments

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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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