Synopses & Reviews
Written for the upper-level developmental courses, THE READER'S CORNER features compelling reading selections and strategies that build strong critical thinking and analytical skills. The readings vary in length and reflect a range of sources, from the Associated Press to the works of authors such as Richard Rodriguez, Caroline Hwang, and Leonard Pitts. Longer selections allow students to apply new skills and strategies to material similar what they will encounter in other college courses. Unlike traditional texts that teach reading skills through "skill and drill" exercises, THE READER'S CORNER inspires students to think critically about what they read by offering a more authentic reading experience. The Fourth Edition presents new textbook readings and poetry selections, providing students with additional opportunities to practice their skills and work with college-level readings. A robust pre- and post-reading apparatus accompanies each selection and helps build students' vocabulary, critical-reading, and critical-thinking skills.
"... The readings stimulate the interest of students and provide them with an opportunity to enjoy content to which they can relate while honing their own reading skills."
"I really like the approach. For a low level reading students this text is very user friendly. Students can feel confidence as they complete the lessons in one sitting. I really like what I see and I would most definitely use this book for a course I sometimes teach."
About the Author
Carol C. Kanar is the author of several Cengage Learning writing, reading, and college success textbooks. Kanar is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned the Master of Arts in English, and of Rollins College, where she earned the Master of Education in reading. She has close to thirty years of teaching experience, twenty of which she spent at Valencia Community College teaching reading, writing, and study skills. A frequent conference presenter and speaker, Kanar has served on the Executive Board of the Florida Development Education Association and is an active member of the National Association of Developmental Educators.
Table of Contents
Preface. PART I: STARTING POINTS. The Readings in This Book. Reading as a Process. Before Reading. During Reading. After Reading. The Reading and Writing Connection . Practical Strategies for the Readings. Before You Read. During Reading. After You Read. Essential Reading Skills. Find the Topic and Main Idea. Identify the Supporting Details. Determine an Author's Purpose. Look for an Organizational Pattern. Make Inferences from Stated Details. Use Context Clues to Define Unfamiliar Words. Read Graphics with Understanding. Evaluate What You Read. PART II: AMERICANS IN TRANSITION. Selection 1. "Jackie Robinson" HENRY AARON. He thrilled fans, shattered baseball's color barrier, and changed the face of the nation. Selection 2. "The Ritual of Fast Food" MARGARET VISSER. Fast-food restaurants, a staple of American life, have changed the way we eat. Selection 3. "The Power of the Pill" CLAUDIA GOLDIN AND LAWRENCE F. KATZ. According to these authors, the oral contraceptive empowered women to change their destinies. Selection 4. "Growing Up Old in Los Angeles" RICHARD RODRIGUEZ. The Los Angeles youth culture is unlike that of any previous generation and is representative of young people everywhere today. Selection 5. "My Spanish Standoff" GABRIELLA KUNTZ. To help her children fit in, a mother of Peruvian descent adopts an English-only policy. Selection 6. "The Good Daughter" CAROLINE HWANG. As a child of immigrants, the author is torn between her parents' dreams and her own. Selection 7. "Rejecting Feminism Makes No Sense" LEONARD PITTS. The author offers a new definition of feminism and a reminder to thank those who fought for women's equality. Selection 8. "Beyond the Gender Myths" MARGOT HORNBLOWER. First girls, then boys had "special needs." New times call for a new solution to the old problem of gender differences. Selection 9. "The Road Not Taken" ROBERT FROST. A decisive moment, a road taken, make the difference between what is and what might have been. Selection 10. "Americans in the New Millennium" MARY BETH NORTON, DAVID M. KATZMAN, DAVID W. BLIGHT, HOWARD P. CHUDACOFF, FREDRIK LOGEVALL, BETH BAILEY, THOMAS G. PATERSON, AND WILLIAM M. TUTTLE, JR. This textbook reading from the discipline of U.S. history is excerpted from Chapter 33 of A People and a Nation, Volume Two: Since 1865. The authors examine changes in America's demographics and family structure. They also examine how we are confronting the issues of new technology, infectious diseases, and global terrorism. PART III: PERSONAL CHALLENGES. Selection 11. "I Saw Anne Frank Die" IRMA SONNENBERG MENKEL. A survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, the author remembers its horrors. Selection 12. "Back to School" TOM BODETT. The author recalls his first day at school and a lesson he learned. Selection 13. "How I Quit Smoking, If I Really Did" HELEN PARRAMORE. Though many years have passed since she quit smoking, battling addiction remains a challenge for this author. Selection 14. "The Boy Who Sees with Sound" ALEX TRESNIOWSKI AND RON ARIAS. Blind since age three, Ben Underwood finds his way with sound. Selection 15. "When Numbers Don't Add Up" LAURA SPINNEY. Have you ever wondered why mathematics is a challenge for many otherwise intelligent people?. Selection 16. "Friends Indeed?" JOEL GARREAU. Making and keeping friends is a real challenge in the digital age. Selection 17. "A First Grader at Age 70" ALICIA DENNIS. If you didn't know how to read, would you have the courage to start at age 70? Selection 18. "Real Resolutions" TARA L. TEDROW . Making and keeping New Year's resolutions is a challenge. The author offers her tips for leading a better life--any time. Selection 19. From "The Grapes of Wrath" A NOVEL BY JOHN STEINBECK. Readers find a message in a turtle's struggle to cross a highway. Selection 20. "What is Speech Anxiety" STEPHANIE J. COOPMAN AND JAMES LULL. This textbook reading from the discipline of speech communication is excerpted from Public Speaking, The Evolving Art, Speech Anxiety is a challenge for many students. These authors can help. PART IV: HARD QUESTIONS FOR ALL. Selection 21. "Have Today's Schools Failed Male Students?" PATRICIA DALTON. Are educators overlooking the needs of ordinary boys? Selection 22. "Ask New Questions about Domestic Violence" FRANCINE GARLAND STARK. This author wants us to stop making excuses about domestic violence. Selection 23. "Black and Middle Class: Both a Victim of Racial Profiling--and a Practitioner STEVEN A. HOLMES. Has profiling criminal suspects outlived its usefulness? Selection 24. "Complaint" JAMES WRIGHT. When someone you love dies, what will you remember, and what will you miss? Selection 25. "Death Shows Binge Drinking Still Plagues Many Campuses". ANGIE WAGNER. What causes binge drinking, and what are colleges doing to discourage it? Selection 26. "Heat Wave" THE EDITORS OF Time. What is global warming, and what are its causes? Selection 27. "Does a Raunchy Culture Produce Raunchy Kids?" STEPHEN CHAPMAN. Do popular music and other media have a negative effect on teens? Selection 28. "Frightening--and Fantastic" ANNA QUINDLEN. How can parents protect children from the dangers that face them? Selection 29. "My Long-Distance Life" NICK SHEFF. From a child's point of view, what is it like to have two families? Selection 30. "Divorce and Its Effects on Children" KELVIN L. SEIFERT. AND ROBERT J. HOFFNUNG. This textbook reading from the discipline of social science is excerpted from Chapter 13 of Childhood and Adolescent Development, Fifth Edition. What are some hard questions about divorce and parenting, and what answers do we seek? PART V: FOCUS ON WORK AND CAREER. Selection 31. "A Year of African Life Opened My Eyes" JOANN HORNAK. The simple, slow pace of Tanzania helped this author make the decision to change careers. Selection 32. "The Happiness Effect" ALICE PARK. How do our emotions and behavior affect those around us and what can we do about it? Selection 33. "You're a What? Research Chef" OLIVIA CROSBY. The author writes about a career that combines cooking, creative thinking, and science skills. Selection 34. "I Hear America Singing" WALT WHITMAN. This poem takes a positive approach toward the work that people do.. Selection 35. "Foul Language Could Be a Curse on Your Career" JACQUELINE FITZGERALD. In the workplace, four-letter words almost always send the wrong message. Selection 36. "Until Dust Do Us Part" DIRK JOHNSON. A study reveals the truth about men, women, and who does the housework. Selection 37. "Science and the Gender Gap" BARBARA KANTROWITZ AND JULIE SCELFO. As more women seek careers in fields such as physics and chemistry, the gender gap in science may be closing. Selection 38. "Home-Work Paradox Persists" SHANKAR VEDANTAM. Working long hours and taking care of family needs remains a balancing act for many Americans. Selection 39. "Barriers to Communication" SCOT OBER. This textbook reading from the discipline of business is excerpted from Chapter 2 of Contemporary Business Communication, Sixth Edition. The excerpt explains why some messages do not have their intended effect. Selection 40. "What Is Listening?" ISA ENGLEBERG AND JOHN DALY. This textbook reading from the discipline of speech communication is excerpted from Chapter 2 of Presentations in Everyday Life, Second Edition. The excerpt explains that listening is as important to a speaker as it is to the audience. PART VI: MORE PERSPECTIVES. Selection 41. "Some Dying Patients Need Help" CHARLES F. MCKHANN. This author supports the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. Selection 42. "Suicide Issue Diverts Us from the Real Problems" JOANNE LYNN. This author opposes the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. Selection 43. "In Opposition to the Death Penalty" A. E. P. WALL. The author explains why he is opposed to the death penalty. Selection 44. "In Defense of the Death Penalty" MARIANNE MEANS. We need to keep the death penalty, according to this author. Selection 45. "An Immigration Policy for 'Real Americans" JACK A. CHAMBLESS. Chambless supports an immigration policy that acknowledges immigrants' positive contributions to American life. Selection 46. "English Spoken Here" KATHLEEN PARKER. Parker supports an immigration policy based on assimilation. Selection 47. "My Papa's Waltz" THEODORE ROETHKE. This well-known poem offers one perspective on the father-child relationship. Selection 48. "Those Winter Sundays" ROBERT HAYDEN. In this famous poem, we find another perspective on the father-child relationship. Selection 49. "I Have a Dream" MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. King's speech given on August 28, 1963, still inspires us to seek transformative social change in the 21st century. Selection 50. "Prejudice and Stereotypes" DOUGLAS A. BERNSTEIN AND PEGGY W. NASH. This textbook reading from the discipline of psychology is excerpted from Chapter 14 of Essentials of Psychology, Fourth Edition. The authors examine theories of prejudice and stereotypes. Acknowledgments. Index.