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Focused on interesting, contemporary themes, A COMMUNITY OF READERS presents college-level reading skills concerning real-life issues relevant to students. A COMMUNITY OF READERS, the second of two books in the Alexander reading series, offers guided, detailed instruction on all segments of the reading and learning process: reading, discussing, writing, and critical thinking. The author uses a unique system to teach the reading process called PRO (Prepare to Read, Read Actively and Reflect, and Organize to learn), which gives students a concrete learning process to follow. Each chapter introduces a key reading skill (e.g. main idea, vocabulary, inference) and focuses on one theme. This thematic organization helps students develop schema while improving their reading skills. The Fifth Edition maintains the focus on student participation in the classroom community, and covers basic to high level reading skills including examining fact and opinion, understanding bias, and thinking critically.

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Dr. Roberta Alexander 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. In that time she has served as Department Chair of English at San Diego City College as well as Academic Senate President. She is the author of a series of college reading textbooks.Jan Jarrell has taught English as a Second Language, Reading and Composition courses in both the credit and noncredit division of the San Diego Community College District since 1989. She has held a number of leadership positions including Department Chair and Interim Associate Dean. She is currently the ESOL coordinator at San Diego City College.

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"The greatest strengths of this text are the attention to current topics of interest for students. The themes are addressed from a mature point of view so that both traditional and nontraditional students can find interest in the selections."

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Alexander, Roberta
Wadsworth Publishing Company
Jarrell, Jan
Reading Skills
Critical thinking
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