Reading Across the Disciplines: College Reading and Beyond, 6th edition

  • Kathleen T. McWhorter


Reading Across the Disciplines provides reading strategies for a variety of academic disciplines (more than any other available text), concise skill instruction, and extensive practice to improve college-level reading and thinking skills.


Reading Across the Disciplines is organized into three parts for flexibility and ease-of-use. Part One presents a brief skill introduction (in handbook format) introducing students to essential vocabulary, comprehension, critical reading, and reading rate skills. Part Two has twelve chapters, each containing three readings representative of a different academic discipline.


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Table of contents


Ten Success Strategies for Learning and Studying Academic Disciplines

Strategy 1 Understand the Importance of Reading in Each Academic Discipline

Strategy 2 Manage Your Time and Balance Your Life

Strategy 3 Develop New Skills for Each Academic Discipline

Strategy 4 Learn the Language of the Discipline

Strategy 5 Communicate, Network, and Collaborate

Strategy 6 Demonstrate Academic Integrity

Strategy 7 Make the Most of Online Courses and Assignments

Strategy 8 Develop and Use Electronic Study and Information Resources

Strategy 9 Focus Your Research

Strategy 10 Learn to Take Tests


Part One

A Handbook for Reading and Thinking in College


1 Active Reading and Thinking Strategies

1a Active Reading: The Key to Academic Success

1b Previewing

Reading: Body Gestures, Joseph A. DeVito

Reading: Treating Wounded Soldiers: Polytrauma, Joan O’C. Hamilton

            1c Activating Background Knowledge

            1d Writing to Strengthen Your Reading and Recall

            1e Checking Your Comprehension

            1f Strengthening Your Comprehension


2 Vocabulary Building

            2a Using Context Clues

            2b Learning Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes

            2c Learning Unusual Words and Idioms


3 Thesis, Main Ideas, Supporting Details, and Transitions

            3a Identifying the Thesis

            3b Finding Stated Main Ideas

            3c Recognizing Supporting Details

            3d Understanding Implied Main Ideas

            3e Recognizing Transitions


4 Organizational Patterns

            4a Definition

            4b Classification

            4c Order or Sequence

            4d Cause and Effect

            4e Comparison and Contrast

            4f Listing/Enumeration

            4g Mixed Patterns

            4h Other Patterns of Organization


5 Textbook Learning Strategies

            5a Strategies for Reading Textbooks

            5b Use the SQ3R System for Learning from Textbooks

            5c Use Learning and Recall Strategies

            5d Highlighting

                        Reading: What Is Crime? John D. Carl

            5e Annotating

            5f Paraphrasing

            5g Outlining to Organize Ideas

            5h Mapping to Show Relationships

            5i Summarizing to Condense Ideas


6 Making Inferences

            6a Making Inferences from the Given Facts

            6b Making Inferences from Written Material

            6c How to Make Accurate Inferences


7 Critical Reading

            7a Is the Material Fact or Opinion?

            7b What Is the Author’s Purpose?

            7c What Is the Tone?

            7d Is the Author Biased?

            7e How Strong Are the Data and Evidence?

            7f How Is Connotative Language Used?

            7g How Is Figurative Language Used?

            7h How Reliable Are Printed and Electronic Source Materials?


8 Reading and Thinking Visually

            8a Reading and Analyzing Photographs

            8b A General Approach to Reading Graphics

            8c Tables

            8d Graphs

            8e Charts

            8f Diagrams

            8g Maps and Time Lines

            8h Infographics: Combined Photos, Charts, and Diagrams

            8i Cartoons


Part Two

Readings for Academic Disciplines

Introduction: Reading Across the Disciplines


9 Social Sciences

Tips for Reading in the Social Sciences

SELECTION 1 A Surveillance Society, William E. Thompson and Joseph V. Hickey

SELECTION 2 Childfree by Choice, Kelly J. Welch

SELECTION 3 Are Sports Fans Happier? Sid Kirchheimer


10 Communication/Speech

            Tips for Reading in Communication/Speech

            SELECTION 4 Talking to Koko the Gorilla, Alex Hannaford

SELECTION 5 Movie and TV Genres, John Vivian

Selection 6 Relationships and Technology, Joseph A. DeVito


11 Arts/Humanities/Literature

            Tips for Reading in the Arts/Humanities/Literature

            SELECTION 7 Censorship of Offensive Art, Paul Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher

SELECTION 8 Little Brother™, Bruce Holland Rogers [Short Story]

SELECTION 9 The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost [Poem]


12 Political Science/Government/History

            Tips for Reading in Political Science/Government/History

            SELECTION 10 When Theodore Roosevelt Saved Football, Bruce Watson

SELECTION 11 Camping for Their Lives, Scott Bransford

SELECTION 12 Reporting the News, George C. Edwards III, Martin P. Wattenberg, and Robert L. Lineberry


13 Business/Advertising/Economics

            Tips for Reading in Business/Advertising/Economics

Selection 13 The Super Bowl: The Mother Of All Advertising Events—But Is It Worth It? Philip Kotler and Gary Armstrong

SELECTION 14 Mapping, and Sharing, the Consumer Genome, Natasha Singer

SELECTION 15 Product Placement and Advergaming, Michael Solomon


14 Technology in Academic Disciplines

            Tips for Reading about Technology

SELECTION 16 DNA Fingerprinting: Cracking Our Genetic “Barcode,” Elaine N. Marieb

SELECTION 17 Interface Facts, Katie L. Burke

SELECTION 18 The Robot Invasion, Charlie Gillis


15 Health-Related Fields

            Tips for Reading in Health-Related Fields

SELECTION 19 Medical Technology and Ethical Issues, William E. Thompson and Joseph V. Hickey

SELECTION 20 When Living Is a Fate Worse Than Death, Christine Mitchell

Selection 21 A Step Beyond Human, Andy Greenberg


16 Life Sciences

            Tips for Reading in Life Sciences

SELECTION 22Can Technology Help Us Put an End to Animal Experimentation? George Dvorsky

SELECTION 23 Species Extinction: One Found, Many Lost, Teresa Audesirk, Gerald Audesirk, and Bruce E. Byers

SELECTION 24 And Incredibly Bright,Holly Haworth


17 Physical Sciences/Mathematics

            Tips for Reading in Physical Sciences/Mathematics

            Tips for Reading Word Problems

SELECTION 25 A Statistician’s View: What Are Your Chances of Winning the Powerball Lottery? Ronald L. Wasserstein

SELECTION 26 “Hope It’s in Your Backyard!” Neil deMause

SELECTION 27 Additional Renewable-Energy Options, Richard T. Wright and Dorothy F. Boorse


18 Career Fields

            Tips for Reading in Career Fields

SELECTION 28 Lift the Cell Phone Ban, David Rapp

SELECTION 29 Trial Lawyers Cater to Jurors’ Demands for Visual Evidence, Sylvia Hsieh

SELECTION 30 Eco-tourism, John R. Walker and Josielyn T. Walker



Classroom Simulation: Textbook Reading and Writing

            Preparing for the Lecture

Reading the Assignment

Reviewing the Reading Assignment

Attending the Lecture and Participating in Class

Writing about the Reading

Taking Quizzes

Taking the Exam

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Published by Pearson (July 24th 2014) - Copyright © 2015