A Community of Readers: A Thematic Approach to Reading,
7th Edition

Roberta Alexander, Jan Jarrell

ISBN-13: 9781305109643 | ISBN-10: 1305109643

Copyright 2016

| Published 2015

| 512 pages

List Price USD $89.95


A COMMUNITY OF READERS: A THEMATIC APPROACH TO READING, 7th Edition, will help you engage in all steps of the reading and learning process: reading, discussing and reflecting, writing, and critical thinking. Using the unique PRO system—Prepare to Read, Read actively and reflect, and Organize to learn—you will develop and follow a concrete learning process that will help you examine fact and opinion, understand bias, think critically, write effectively, and much more. Each chapter also introduces a key reading skill, such as identifying main ideas or inferences, while focusing on a single theme to help you develop schema, the essential plan that helps you understand and retain more of what you read. A COMMUNITY OF READERS: A THEMATIC APPROACH TO READING has been fully updated with new full-length readings, a variety of new visual aids, and a revised Reader’s Toolkit for self-testing and enhancing your college-level reading skills.

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Dr. Roberta Alexander is Professor Emeritus at San Diego City College. She has taught Reading, Composition, Literature, Chicano Studies and Black Studies as well as English as a Second Language courses for the San Diego Community College District since 1974. Formerly the Department Chair of English, Chair of Chairs and Academic Senate President, she now focuses on teaching and writing and is the author of a series of college reading textbooks. Dr. Alexander earned her BA in Spanish Literature from University of California, Berkeley and her PhD in Comparative Literature from University of California, San Diego.

Jan Jarrell is chair of the Academic Senate at San Diego City College. A professor of English and English Language Acquisition, she has taught English as a Second Language, Reading and Composition courses in both the credit and noncredit divisions of the San Diego Community College District since 1989. Her numerous leadership positions include Department Chair, Chair of Chairs, Interim Associate Dean and Basic Skills Coordinator.

  • Interactive Learning: New! The Aplia online homework solution gives students more hands-on practice to help them understand concepts at greater depth, while giving instructors a hand with grading.
  • Fresh Content: The Seventh Edition includes many new instructional paragraphs, visual aids and nine all-new, full-length reading selections by engaging, contemporary essayists and textbook authors.
  • More Skills Help: New visual aids in the Reader’s Toolkit incorporate fresh data and engaging infographics. The toolkit allows students to study independently and self-test for stronger skill development. “Reading Visual Aids” instruction is integrated throughout the text and highlighted in a condensed, updated section.
  • New “EQ” Focus: Several of the new reading passages included focus on emotional intelligence which helps readers see the importance this skill plays in learning and interpersonal relationships.
  • Writing Connections: Writing exercises and “Write About It” sections show where reading and writing intersect in learning, each skill influencing the other.
  • Compelling Themes: The book’s thematic approach allows students focus on a single topic and explore complex material from different viewpoints, while dynamic introductions draw students into the chapter theme with intriguing visuals and provocative questions.
  • Skills Mastery: Multiple self-tests throughout the book afford students the opportunity to challenge themselves on skills and concepts, and can be used by instructors as reviews, pre-tests, or post-tests.
  • Web Activities: Web links in every chapter and how-to discussions on evaluating and navigating websites give students an edge in research for freshman composition and courses in other disciplines.
  • Boxed Features: Woven into every chapter, boxed features such as “Reader's Tips,” “Put It Together” charts, and easy-to-find vocabulary words and definitions help students comprehend material at a glance.

Table of Contents

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1. The Reading Process: Joining a Community of Readers.
2. Working with Words: Living with Technology.
3. Topics and Main Ideas: Our Food, Our Culture.
4. Support for Main Ideas: Staying Well.
5. Patterns of Organization: Where We Live, Our Communities.
6. Inferences and Reading Literature: Dealing with Gender.
7. Facts and Opinions: Living in a Diverse Society.
8. Critical Thinking: Crime and Punishment.
1. Reading Visual Aids.
2. Note Taking: The Cornell Note-Taking System.
3. Test Taking.
4. Writing Tips for Readers.
5. Evaluating and Navigating Websites.
6. Reader Response Journals.
7. Reading Circles.
8. Poster Sessions.
9. Suggested Reading for Book Projects.

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