Racing Ahead with Reading
Racing Ahead with Reading

Racing Ahead with Reading

1st Edition
By Peter Mather and Rita McCarthy
Copyright: 2009

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ISBN10: 0073047678 | ISBN13: 9780073047676


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Program Details

Racing Ahead with Reading

Part I: Tackling the Basics - Getting Warmed Up


Getting Started

Reading: How Can I Get an A in This Class? - Walter Cunningham

Getting Acquainted with Your Textbook

Reading: Best Seat in the House - Christine Brennan

Warm-Up 1 - Phonics: Consonants and Vowels, Syllabication

Phonics—A Review

The Schwa
Phonics Irregularities

Phonics: Practice

Rules for Dividing Words into Syllables


Reading: How a Prince Learned to Read - James Baldwin

Warm-Up 2 -- Word Structure: Prefixes, Suffixes, Roots

Word Parts

Exercises on prefixes, suffixes, and roots

Word Parts: Practice

Synonyms and Antonyms: A Review

Synonyms and Antonyms: Practice

Reading: How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphics - Carol Donoughue

Warm-Up 3 - Dictionary


An Up-to-Date Dictionary
Completeness of the Dictionary
Using a Dictionary
Definitions of Words

Context Clues

Definition Clues
Synonym Clues
Explanation Clues
Examples Clues
Antonym Clues

Reading: excerpt from Life is Not a Fairy Tale - Fantasia Barrino

Reading: Doing What Comes Naturally - Joe Kita

Warm-Up 4 - Study Skills: Skimming, Scanning, SQ3R

An Overview fo SQ3R

Practice with SQ3R

Reading: Using Time Effectively - Wayne Payne

Using Your Computer and the Internet

Reading: Moving Beyond Your Computer - Robert S. Feldman


Techniques for Scanning

Reading: Bat's New Image - Anastasia Touflexis

Part 2: Discovering Meaning through Structure

Chapter 1: Identifying Topics, Directly Stated Main Ideas, Working with Supporting Details


Distinguishing between General and Specific

Main Ideas and Details

Paragraph Diagrams

Reading: Should We Believe the Claims of Psychics? - John Santrock

Chapter 2: Implied Main Ideas and Paraphrasing

Implied Main Ideas


Strategies for Identifying the Implied Main Idea

Asking Questions
Combining Sentences
Summing Up Ideas in One Sentence
Making Sure You Have Correctly Identified the Implied Main Idea

Reading: Fishin' Superstition: It's More Than Just Luck - AP

Reading: Hope Diamond - Russell Smith

Reading: Stadium Nights - Bob Greene

Review Test 1: Identifying Directly Stated Main Idea

Review Test 2: Identifying Implied Main Idea

Review Test 3: Identifying the Main Idea

Chapter 3: Recognizing Transition Words and Patterns of Organization

Transition Words

Common Patterns of Organization

Classification and Division Pattern
Cause and Effect Pattern

Reading: Heroes - Erma Bombeck

Steps in a Process and Chronology Pattern
Definition and Example Pattern

Reading: excerpt from Between a Rock and a Hard Place - THomas Fields-Mayer

Reading: Stand Up for Yourself - Bruce Baldwin

Chapter 4: Identifying the Author's Tone and Purpose

Identifying Tone

Wroking with Irony

Reading: Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink (for Free) - Dave Barry

Determining the Author's Purpose

Writing to Inform
Writing to Entertain
Writing to Persuade

Reading: Love and the Cabie - Art Buchwalk

Reading: excerpt from It's Not About the Bike - Lance Armstrong

Reading: The Big Hero of Littleton - Rick Reilly

Part 3: Interpreting What We Read

Chapter 5: Inference


Drawing Inferences from Droodles
Drawing Inferences froM Epitaphs
Drawing Inferences from Textbook Material
Drawing Inferences from Popular Literature

Reading: Beware of the Dog - Roald Dahl

Reading: excerpt from The Right Words at the Right Time - William Goldman

Chapter 6: Figurative Language

Figurative Language

Types of Figurative Language

Extended Metaphor
Working with Symbols

Reading: Sympathy - Paul Laurence Dunbar


Reading: Thunderbolts - Pat Riley

Chapter 7: Fact and Opinion

Fact and Opinion

Clues to Identifying an Opinion

Reading: The Lie Detector Controversy - Michael Passer and Ronald White

Reading: Integration in Sports - James Kirby Martin

Chapter 8: Bias


Denotation and Connotation

Point of View

Reading: Somebody's Baby - Barbara Kingsolver


Reading: Lizzie Borden: Victorian Woman and Murder - James Kirby Martin

Reading: What's So Great about America? - Dinesh D'Souza

Reading: For Conversation, Press #1 - Michael Alvear

Reading: Eyewitness Testimony: Can We Trust It? - Charles Morris

Part 4: Understanding Textbook Material

Chapter 9: Visual Aids

How to Use and Interpret Various Types of Visual Aids

Bar Graphs: Vertical and Horizontl
Pie Charts
Line Graphs
Flow Charts

Reading: Uses and Misuses of Credit - Jack Kapoor

Chapter 10: Textbook Selections

Annotating, Outlining, Mapping, and Summarizing

Underlining and Highlighting

Reading: Memorization - Robert S. Feldman

Reading: The Psychology of Personality - Dennis Coon

Part 5: Supplementary Readings

Chapter 11: World of Work; Relationships and Behavior


Abraham Lincoln Denies a Loan - Abraham Lincoln

The Fence That Me and Shorty Built - Red Steagall

How Not to Dress for Work - Maria Puente

Hershey's Chocolate - William Nickels


Social Influence: Conformity and Obedience - Karen Huffman

The Emperor's New Clothes - Hans Christian Anderson

The Lottery - Shirley Jackson

And 2Morrow - Tupac Shakur