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The Art of Critical Reading
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Mather/McCarthy The Art of Critical Reading 4/e CONTENTS Preface AcknowledgmentsPart 1 LIFE IN COLLEGE AND BEYOND Introduction: Applying Creative and Critical Thinking Introductory Puzzle Becoming a Successful Student Study Technique 1: Scanning SELECTION: "Creativity," excerpt from Psychology by John Santrock Brain Teasers Study Technique 2: Skimming SELECTION: "Don't Fool Yourself: Avoiding Everyday Problems in Critical Thinking," excerpt from Power Learning by Robert S. Feldman Study Technique 3: SQ3R Study Method Computer and Internet Skills SELECTION: "Analyzing Internet Sites," excerpt from Public Speaking for College and Career by Hamilton Gregory Brain Teasers CHAPTER 1 Developing a College-Level Vocabulary Practice with Vocabulary Words in Context Practice with Word Structure: Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes Practice Using a Thesaurus SELECTION: Excerpt from Commencement Address by Marian Wright Edelman SELECTION: "Restoration," excerpt from Living with Art by Mark Getlein Brain Teasers Part 2 DISCOVERING MEANING THROUGH STRUCTURE CHAPTER 2 Topics, Main Ideas, and Details Identifying Topics, Main Ideas, and Details SELECTION: "Black Men and Public Space" by Brent Staples REVIEW TEST: Main Ideas and Details in Textbook Material Paraphrasing Formulating Implied Main Ideas SELECTION: "Colonial Almanacs," excerpt from American History by Alan Brinkley SELECTION: "Advertising and the Media," excerpt from Think by Judith A. Boss SELECTION: "Public Art," excerpt from Living with Art by Mark Getlein Summarizing Study Technique 4: Summarizing Short Articles Brain Teasers CHAPTER 3 Organizing Textbook Information and Interpreting Visual AidsDoing What Successful Students D Study Technique 5: Underlining, Highlighting, Annotating SELECTION: "Stress: The Constant Challenge," excerpt from Core Concepts in Health by Paul M. Insel and Walton T. Roth 105 SELECTION: "Categorizing Stressors," excerpt from Essentials of Understanding Psychology by Robert S. Feldman Study Technique 6: Outlining Study Technique 7: Mapping Study Technique 8: Comparison-Contrast Chart SELECTION: "At Wit's End," excerpt from Essentials of Understanding Psychology by Robert S. Feldman Visual Aids: How to Use and Interpret Tables, Diagrams, Charts, and Graphs Brain Teasers CHAPTER 4 The Author's Purpose and the Rhetorical Modes Determining the Author's Purpose An Introduction to the Rhetorical Modes Expository Writing with Purpose to Inform SELECTION: "Sibling Relationships and Birth Order," by John Santroc Narrative Writing with Purpose to Entertain SELECTION: "The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse" by Aesop Persuasive Writing with Purpose to Persuade SELECTION: "What Can Individuals Do?" by William P. Cunningham Descriptive Writing with Purpose to Inform SELECTION: "A Son's Memoir" by John Daniel REVIEW TEST: Context Clue Practice Using Textbook Material Identifying Mode and Author's Purpose SELECTION: "Vincenzo Perugia," excerpt from Gilbert's Living with Art by Mark Getlein MASTERY TEST: Vincenzo Perugia Brain Teasers CHAPTER 5 Transition Words and Patterns of OrganizationTransition Words Some Common Patterns of Organization Study Technique 9: Time Lines REVIEW TEST: Identifying Patterns of Organization and Main Ideas in Textbook Material Additional Transition Words SELECTION: "School Cheating Scandal Tests a Town's Values" by Jodi Wilgoren Study Technique 10: Summarizing Longer Articles SELECTION: "The Milgram Experiment," excerpt from Sociology by Richard T. Schaefer SELECTION: "Facing One's Own Death," excerpt from Essentials of Life-Span Development by John W. Santrock Brain Teasers Part 3 INTERPRETING WHAT WE READCHAPTER 6 InferenceIntroduction to Inference Skills Drawing Inferences from Different Kinds of Material SELECTION: "Barney" by Will Stanton SELECTION: "The Laughter of Rats," excerpt from Animal Wise by Virginia Morell SELECTION: "The Life and Death of a Western Gladiator" by Charles Finney SELECTION: "Deciding Whom to Marry," excerpt from Sociology by Craig Calhoun Brain Teasers CHAPTER 7 Figurative LanguageFigures of Speech Imagery SELECTION: Excerpt from L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton SELECTION: "When Leaves Turn Color in the Fall," excerpt from A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman The Use of Symbols SELECTION: "Book of Dreams," excerpt from Farmworker's Daughter-Growing Up Mexican in America by Rose Castillo Guilbault Brain Teasers CHAPTER 8 Tone Tone SELECTION: "A Wake Up Call," excerpt from Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox Irony and Satire SELECTION: "Waiting in Life's Long Lines," by Tom Mather SELECTION: "The Lottery," by Art Buchwald SELECTION: Excerpt from Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down by Dave Barry SELECTION: "Accident and Aftermath," excerpt from Frida by Hayden Herrera MASTERY TEST: Frida-Accident and Aftermath Brain Teasers Part 4 READING CRITICALLYCHAPTER 9 Fact and Opinion Introduction to Fact and Opinion SELECTION: "Astrology," excerpt from Consumer Health by Stephen Barrett et al. SELECTION: "Bug Heads, Rat Hairs-Bon Appetit!" by Mary Roach &n bsp; SELECTION: "The Facts: Nutrition Quackery," by Charles Corbin et al. REVIEW TEST: Fact and Opinion 332 SELECTION: "Introduction," excerpt from Food Rules by Michael Pollan SELECTION: "The Nature of Public Opinion," excerpt from American Democracy by Thomas Patterson Brain Teasers CHAPTER 10 Point of View Introduction to Point of View SELECTION: "Popular Mechanics" by Raymond Carver SELECTION: "The Lady or the Tiger?" by Frank R. Stockton Multiple Points of View: The Vietnam War Memorial SELECTION: "The Vietnam Wall" by Alberto Rios SELECTION: "Vincent Van Gogh," excerpt from Living with Art by Mark Getlein SELECTION: "The Cave of Lascaux," excerpt from Images of the Past by T. Douglas Price and Gary M. Feinman MASTERY TEST: Prehistoric Art An Introduction to Propaganda Techniques Brain Teasers CHAPTER 11 Bias Introduction to Bias SELECTION: Excerpt from Somebody's Baby by Barbara Kingsolver SELECTION: "Adults Only," excerpt from Chevrolet Summers, Dairy Queen Nights by Bob Greene REVIEW TEST: Vocabulary in Context, Tone, Fact and Opinion, Bias SELECTION: "Seven Forms of Bias," excerpt from Teachers, Schools, and Society by Myra and David Sadker SELECTION: "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall," excerpt from Understanding Your Health by Wayne A. Payne et al. SELECTION: "Media Literacy: Portrayals of Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media" by Dr. Mary-Lou Galician An Introduction to Logical Fallacies SELECTION: "Clothing and Fashions in the Revolutionary Times," excerpt from Nation of Nations by James West Davidson Brain Teasers CHAPTER 12 Analyzing and Evaluating Arguments An Introduction to Argument Analyzing Arguments Evaluating Arguments SELECTION: "I Buy, Therefore I'm Happy," by Christine Gross-Loh SELECTION: "Dreaming of Disconnecting a Respirator" by Elissa Ely REVIEW TEST: Transition Words SELECTION: "Whose Grave Is This Anyway?" excerpt from Gilbert's Living with Art by Mark Getlein MASTERY TEST: Whose Grave Is This Anyway? Brain Teasers SELECTION: "Don't Believe Everything You See Or Hear on the News," excerpt from Environmental Science by William P. Cunningham Introduction to Deductive and Inductive Reasoning SELECTION: "The Declaration of Independence" by Thomas Jefferson SELECTION: "The Bill of Rights" Brain Teasers Part 5 VOCABULARY UNITS Vocabulary Unit 1: Homonyms and Other Confusing Words Vocabulary Unit 2: More Homonyms and Other Confusing Words Vocabulary Unit 3: Number Prefixes Brain Teasers Vocabulary Unit 4: Word Parts Featuring Polar Opposites Vocabulary Unit 5: Word Parts Featuring Direction and Motion Vocabulary Unit 6: Word Parts Featuring "Blood" Relations Vocabulary Unit 7: Word Parts Featuring Politics and Religion Vocabulary Unit 8: Word Parts Featuring Study, Feeling, and Faith Vocabulary Unit 9: Word Parts Featuring War, and Good and Bad Vocabulary Unit 10: Word Parts Featuring Water, Air, and Life Vocabulary Word Parts Brain Teasers APPENDIX TEST-TAKING TIPSSAMPLE SUMMARY Credits Index Index of Artists and Art Works

About the Author

Dr. Mather earned his B.A. in Government from the University of the Redlands, his M.A. in African Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, his M.A. in Reading from California State Univeristy, Los Angeles, and his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Southern California. He has taught reading at the secondary, adult-education, and community-college levels for over twenty years. He has published articles in the Journal of Reading. Ms. McCarthy earned a B.A. in Sociology and History from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in Education from Arizona State University. She has taught at the elememtary, secondary, adult-education, and community-college levels for over twenty years. For the past ten years, she has taught developmental reading and E.S.L. classes at Glendale Community College. Ms. McCarthy has published articles in professional journals and other media on the use of bibliotherapy. She has also published reading lists for beginning and remedial readers and is a reading specialist.

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