Features and Benefits

  • NEW! Engaging readings throughout the text:
    • Twelve new, major reading selections – plus brand new versions of two popular readings from the previous edition – provide high-interest topics, such as battling procrastination, conservation of earth’s resources, managing stress in college, technology and health, climate change, and more.
    • A long reading selection now accompanies the vocabulary chapter, in response to reviewers’ suggestions.
    • NEW! New, short excerpts freshen many of the practice exercises.
    • NEW! A debut collection of themed readings concludes Chapter 10: Critical Thinking. The introduction and readings in the collection explore the interwoven threads of technology, crime, and ethics, and challenge students to analyze, synthesize, and respond.
  • NEW! A stronger emphasis on critical thinking:
    • NEW! Think Critically About the Selection features follow each of the 28 long reading selections to encourage extended thinking about topics that are raised in the readings. In some cases, this feature connects with the Write About the Selection feature that also follows each reading.
    • Discussion and practice exercises on barriers to critical thinking – including cultural conditioning, self-deception, and oversimplification – appear throughout.
    • Identifying fallacies in critical thinking and in evaluating arguments is an area of great focus and practice.
    • Explicit and inferential questions accompany each longer textbook reading selection. Multiple-choice items are labeled as main idea, inference, or detail questions.
  • NEW! The chapters have been reorganized due to the widespread offering of student success courses that orient students to topics such as time management, cognitive styles, and routines of college life.
    • Chapter 1 emphasizes concerns that are common to college readers: causes and cures for poor concentration while reading, reading rate and efficiency, and strategies for reading comprehension tests. In response to reviewers’ suggestions, topics that students need early in the course now appear closer to the beginning of the text. 
    • Chapter 2 explores the three stages of reading. 
    • Chapter 3 covers note taking and the study process.
    • Chapter 4 has a new reading selection that provides authentic practice with vocabulary strategies. 
    • Chapter 5: Main Idea and Supporting Details, Chapter 6: Patterns of Organization, Chapter 7: Inference, and Chapter 8: Point of View comprise the main body of the text. 
    • Coverage of graphic illustrations (Chapter 9) and critical thinking (Chapter 10) conclude the text.
    • A new Features Chart on the first page of the book provides a quick, convenient reference to topics and page numbers for the Vocabulary Boosters and Concept Preps. 
    • Selections from actual textbooks are used for practice exercises.
    • Many academic disciplines are represented throughout, including psychology, history, communication, business, health, sociology, criminal justice, philosophy, science, and literature; the latter includes the essay, short story, poetry, and narrative forms, and persuasive and expository nonfiction forms.
    • Strong reading pedagogy designed to build schemata 
    • NEW! Build Background Knowledge — Videos accompany each of the longer readings in the text and offer links to engaging videos and apparatus that stimulate interest, develop background knowledge, and enrich understanding.
    • Vocabulary is presented in context, with vocabulary exercises following each of the longer textbook reading selections. In addition to the end-of-chapter Vocabulary Booster lessons, a broad range of vocabulary development topics and corresponding exercises are presented in Chapter 4.
    • Brain Boosters add brief, well-researched conclusions from neuroscientific research. They offer insights about how human brains learn and how to make the most of the brain’s power.
    • QR codes accompany the end-of-chapter reading selections. Scanning the code with a smartphone opens an audio presentation of the selection to access auditory learning modalities.
    • Video clips, in the Build Background Knowledge feature, enhance the longer readings. These engaging videos present students with another perspective on some aspect or theme of the reading selection and encourage real-world connections.
    • Concept Prep is an innovative feature that helps students develop schematic and prior knowledge for later academic success. Key concepts, from a variety of academic disciplines, are paired with the subject matter in many of the longer reading selections. These selected concepts, reflecting core knowledge from each academic discipline, are an important part of the shared cultural heritage of educated thinkers. Career information related to the discipline is provided as well. 
    • Establish a Purpose for Reading preview activities promote text-to-self connections by recalling prior knowledge and experiences, to encourage predictions, and to state a purpose.

 

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MyReadingLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. Within its structured environment, students practice what they learn, test their understanding, and pursue a personalized study plan that helps them develop their reading skills and promotes transference of those skills to college-level work. Full-length readings and assignments from the text are available in the etext version of MyReadingLab, strengthening the connection between the classroom and work done outside of class.