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Community of Readers : A Thematic Approach to Reading

Community of Readers : A Thematic Approach to Reading - 3rd edition

Community of Readers : A Thematic Approach to Reading - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 9780618918621

ISBN10: 0618918620

Community of Readers : A Thematic Approach to Reading by Roberta Alexander and Jan Lombardi - ISBN 9780618918621
Edition: 3RD 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No
Community of Readers : A Thematic Approach to Reading by Roberta Alexander and Jan Lombardi - ISBN 9780618918621

ISBN13: 9780618918621

ISBN10: 0618918620

Edition: 3RD 04
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Organized around high-interest contemporary themes, A Community of Readers: A Thematic Approach to Reading, Third Edition, presents college reading skills in the context of real-life issues relevant to students' communities-in the classroom, in the neighborhood, in the nation, and in the world.

The authors use a unique pedagogical system called PRO (P-repare to Read, R-ead Actively and Reflect, and O-rganize to learn) that is introduced in the first chapter and then reinforced in every chapter opening and chapter review, giving students a concrete learning device to follow. Each chapter also introduces a key reading skill (main idea, vocabulary, inference); all readings in that chapter center on the same theme. This thematic organization helps students develop schema while improving their reading skills. The third edition emphasizes both the basic reading skills and higher level, critical reading skills: examining fact and opinion, understanding bias, and thinking critically.


  • Contains extensive practice in reading skills, with both objective and open-ended questions.
  • Includes high-interest, thematically organized readings throughout, along with a section of additional readings at the end of the text.
  • Includes thorough coverage of visual aids and vocabulary.
  • Thematic approach allows students to focus on a single topic and explore complex material from different viewpoints.
  • Perforated pages allow exercises and tests to be removed cleanly from the book and submitted to the instructor.
  • Includes an entire chapter, "Working with Words" dedicated to vocabulary building skills.

New To This Edition

  • The "reading" of visual material, including photographs, charts, graphs, and tables, is given an entire chapter in the third edition.
  • Provides expanded coverage of summarizing as a comprehension skill.
  • In addition to Technology, Wellness, Workplace, Gender Issues, Neighborhoods, and Diversity, the third edition includes the new theme of " Our Food, Our Culture."
  • Includes expanded instruction on evaluating arguments.
  • Exercises have been redesigned to make them easier to score.
  • Increased coverage of vocabulary throughout the text.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. The Reading Process (PRO) Celebrating Self and Community.

Prepare to Read.
Reading 1: "Becoming a Student," Barbara Jordan.
The Reading Process (PRO).
Prepare to Read.
Reading 2: "Motives to Work," Carole Wade and Carol Tavris.
Organizing to Learn.
Reading 3: "Suburb High, USA: School or Prison?," Marley Peifer.
Chapter Review.
Mastery Test 1A: "How to Remember," Carole Wade and Carol Tavris.
Mastery Test 1B: "What Is Collaborative Learning?," Toni Haring Smith.

2. Working with Words Computer Technology.

Prepare to Read.
Reading 1: "Living Without Computers," George Beekman.
Reading 2: "Living with Computers," George Beekman.
Reading 3: "Computers and Jobs," George Beekman.
Chapter Review.
Mastery Test 2A: "No Sacred Trust," Connie Guglielmo.
Mastery Test 2B: "Ergonomics," Timothy J. O'Leary and Linda L. O'Leary.

3. Topics and Main Ideas Our Food, Our Culture.

Prepare to Read.
Reading 1: "Oh, the Flavor of Your Fries, " Eric Schlosser.
Topics and Main Ideas.
Reading 2: "Fat Wars: Economics or Chemistry?, " Paul Hursel.
Reading 3: "Easy Bake Ovens and Fashion Magazines," Kelly Mayhew.
Chapter Review.
Mastery Test 3A: "Behind the Counter," Eric Schlosser.
Mastery Test 3B: "What's in the Beef?," Howard Lyman.

4. Support for Main Ideas Staying Well.

Prepare to Read.
Reading 1: "Wellness: The New Health Goal," Paul M. Insel, Walton T. Roth, L. McKay Rollins, and Ray A. Peterson.
Supporting Points.
Organize To Learn.
Reading 2: "Exercise for Health and Fitness," Paul M. Insel, Walton T. Roth, L. McKay Rollins, and Ray A. Peterson.
Reading 3: "How Stress Works," Bryan Williams and Sharon Knight.
Chapter Review.
Mastery Test 4A: "A Personal Stress Survival Guide," Dianne Hales.
Mastery Test 4B: "Smoking," Dianne Hales.

5. Patterns of Organization Where We Live.

Prepare to Read.
Reading 1: "Cities and Suburbs," William E. Thompson and Joseph V. Hickey.
Patterns of Organization.
Definition and Classification.
Cause and Effect.
Comparison and Contrast.
Reading 2: "The Growth of Cities in Nineteenth-Century America," James Kirby Martin, Randy Roberts, Steven Mintz, Linda O. McMurry, and James H. Jones.
Combined Patterns of Organization.
Reading 3: "Why Are People Homeless?," The National Coalition for the Homeless.
Chapter Review.
Mastery Test 5A: "Rootlessness," David Morris.
Mastery Test 5B: "Tijuana and San Diego, Contrasting Neighbors," Enrique Dàvalos.

6. Interpreting Visual Aids Working.

Prepare to Read.
Reading 1: "Telework: The Technomedia and the Changing Face of Work in the Twenty-First Century," William E. Thompson and Joseph V. Hickey.
Visual Aids.
Types of visual aids.
Reading 2: "Inequality in the Workplace," William E. Thompson and Joseph V. Hickey.
Reading 3: "Human Factors and Working Conditions," Robert D. Smither.
Chapter Review.
Mastery Test 6A: "Workers Feel Like Suckers," Ralph Frammolino.
Mastery Test 6B: "Wealth and Poverty," Holly Sklar.

7. Inferences and Reading Literature Dealing with Gender.

Prepare to Read.
Reading 1: "Sex and Gender," William E. Thompson and Joseph V. Hickey.
Reading 2: "Sex, Lies, and Conversation," Deborah Tannen.
Inferences from Words.
Reading 3: "Why I Want a Wife," Judy Brady.
Reading Literature.
Reading 4: "The Chase," Alberto Moravia.
Chapter Review.
Mastery Test 7B: "The Men We Carry in Our Minds," Scott Russell Sanders.

8. Facts and Opinions Living in a Diverse Society.

Prepare to Read.
Reading 1: "America Singing," Garrett Hongo.
Fact And Opinion.
Evaluating Facts.
Reading 2: "Colorblind: When Blacks and Whites Can See no Gray," Alex Kotlowitz.
Evaluating Opinions.
Reading 3: "Freeing Choices," Nancy Mairs.
Chapter Review.
Mastery Test 8A: "Rage," Martín Espada.
MASTERY TEST 8B: "Can We All Get Along?," Al Martinez.

9. Critical Thinking Science, Society, and Disease.

Prepare to Read.
Reading 1: "This Is the End of the World: The Black Death," Barbara Tuchman.
Critical Thinking.
Reading 2: "Pathology of the Black Death," John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, and John Buckler.
Reading 3: "AIDS: The Long War," The Economist.
Evaluating Arguments.
Reading 4: "The Going Rate on Shrinks," E. Fuller Torrey, MD.
Chapter Review.
Mastery Test 9A: "Emergency Rooms and the Uninsured," Rudolph Mueller, MD.
Mastery Test 9B: "Making Well People 'Better'," Pat Mooney.
Extend Your Thinking.
For Chapter 1, Joining a Community of Learners: "How We Learn," Ricki Linksman.
For Chapter 2, Computer Technology: "Robo Rats," Ben Harder.
For Chapter 3, Our Food, Our Culture: "Strange New World of Food," Naomi Perian.
For Chapter 4, Staying Well: "Creativity and Longevity," Norman Cousins.
For Chapter 5, Where We Live: "Working with Our Hands," Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter.
For Chapter 6, Working: "Criminals at Work," Hugh D. Barlow.
For Chapter 7, Dealing with Gender: "Ties," Kelvin Christopher James.
For Chapter 9, Science, Society and Disease: "As Sick As It Gets," Rudolph Mueller, MD.
A Reader's Toolkit.
Note-Taking: The Cornell Note-Taking System.
Writing Tips for Readers.
Reader Response Journals.
Suggested Reading for Book Reports.