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Connect College Reading, 2nd Edition

  • Ivan Dole
  • Leslie Taggart
  • ISBN-10: 1133602673
  • ISBN-13: 9781133602675
  • 704 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2010
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

Taking a holistic approach to developmental reading, CONNECT: COLLEGE READING is an intermediate level book for reading levels 8-10. CONNECT strives to build students' confidence by showing them that many of the skills needed to become stronger readers are skills they already possess and use on a daily basis. Using popular media as a springboard, Dole and Taggart show students how thinking skills used while watching television or movies can easily transfer to reading. CONNECT's comprehensive approach includes extensive vocabulary coverage, critical thinking practice throughout, and textbook readings in every chapter to help students master college reading. The second edition includes a full chapter on inferences, enhanced coverage of main idea, and guides for specialized reading situations such as reading visuals, novels, and a guide to taking tests.


  • Chapters begin with a Read and Talk Reading that aim to get students reading and talking among their peers about high-interest readings. The readings are supported by vocabulary help within the text, as well as audio and video support on the accompanying CourseMate.

  • The authors teach students a variety of proven techniques designed to help them master college-level reading skills, including three questions to ask about reading comprehension and the EASY vocabulary strategy.

  • Throughout the chapter, students encounter a range of reading pedagogy. Pre-Reading the Selection apparatus helps prepare students to read, gets them to connect their prior knowledge, and provides them with any cultural literacy knowledge they might need. Reading and vocabulary prompts during reading help students find the meaning in each paragraph and guide them through unknown vocabulary. Finally, the post-reading apparatus targets comprehension, critical thinking, and vocabulary retention. CONNECT asks more of students by asking "why" of all multiple-choice questions, students are forced to explain their thought processes for selecting an answer, a first step towards metacognition and critical thinking also creates better, more well-prepared readers.

  • Each end-of-chapter reading includes Critical Thinking Level questions that target all six levels of Bloom's taxonomy to get students in the practice of using the levels and broadening their ideas. These questions force students to identify why they chose their answer and what proof they have that their answer is the correct one.


"The new revised version to Main Idea is a great improvement. It is brief, concise and to the point in finding the main idea of the material. It better relates to the students way of thinking."
— Janet Flores, St. Philip's College

About the Author

Ivan Dole

Ivan G. Dole began teaching with the Dallas County Community College District in 1999 while earning an MA in Linguistics from the University of North Texas in Denton. Over the course of his career, he has taught all levels of developmental reading, developmental writing, and ESOL, including two years overseas in South Korea. Professor Dole began writing textbooks while serving as coordinator for the Developmental Reading Department at North Lake College in Irving, Texas. The desire to write a textbook arose early in his career and was fostered during his involvement with an award-winning, innovative, multi-discipline faculty team from his campus that focused on effective teaching and learning across academic disciplines. The emphasis on concepts such as collaborative learning, critical thinking, scaffolding of knowledge, making connections across academic disciplines, solidifying learning outcomes, and increasing student retention helped refine the thoughts and ideas for ENGAGE: COLLEGE READING.

Leslie Taggart

Leslie Taggart has developed more than one hundred college textbooks in the disciplines of college reading, developmental writing, first-year composition, linguistics, literature, and study skills, mostly as a freelance editor. She has contributed chapters to college textbooks in the fields of English as a Second Language, literature, and rhetoric, co-authored an edition of a developmental writing text, and revised several texts, including two handbooks and a fivebook composition series. Leslie has taught English as a second language at the high school level, and English as a foreign language at an agricultural college in China. She has been a volunteer literacy tutor and spent two years tutoring in the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. Leslie earned the Master Practitioner certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming from the New England Institute of NLP.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Plan for Success.
1. Connecting to the Reading Process.
Getting Motivated to Read. Fast Forward to Your Future. Reading Selections and Talking with Classmates. Read and Talk "The Power of Three Little Words" (Article). Reading Is an Interaction. Before You View or Read. Surveying a Reading Is Like Watching a Preview. Read These Parts Quickly When You Survey. You and the Author Both Have Your Purposes. More than One Purpose. You Already Know Something about This. While You Are Viewing or Reading. After You View or Read. Beyond Skills: Knowledge. Connect Your Skills. Chapter Summary Activity. Reading 1-1 Amid War, Passion for TV Chefs, Soaps and Idols (Newspaper Article). Reading 1-2 The Mass Media and Body Image (Sociology Textbook).
2. Asking Questions
Read and Talk Oscar Pistorius Has a Huge Carbon Footprint (Sports). Asking Questions to Establish Your Purpose for Reading. Turn Headings or Titles into Questions. Read to Answer the Question, and Then Mark the Answer. Mark Only the Most Important Ideas. Asking Questions to Improve Your Thinking. Critical Thinking Is a Learning Process. A Shift from the Author's Ideas to Your Ideas. What Level of Critical Thinking Are You Being Asked to Use? Connect Your Skills. Chapter Summary Activity. Reading 2-1 David Blaine's Feats of Will (Nonfiction Psychology Book). Reading 2- 2 Ernestine Shepherd: World's Oldest Competing Female Bodybuilder (Web article).
3. Developing Your Vocabulary.
Read and Talk Why English Is So Hard To Learn (English). Vocabulary Strategies. Organize Your Vocabulary Study with EASY Note Cards. Context Clues. Examples. Antonyms. Synonyms. Your Logic. EASY as 1, 2, 3. 1. Look for signal words. 2. Focus on what you know. 3. Pay attention to punctuation. Word Parts. Roots. Prefixes. Suffixes. Denotation and Connotation. Connect Your Skills. Chapter Summary Activity. Reading 3-1 Vocabulary--A Treasure Chest for Success (Web Article). Reading 3-2 Language and the Intellectual Abilities of Orangutans (Anthropology Textbook).
4. Finding the Main Idea.
Read and Talk The Passion of Vision (Nonfiction Book). Asking Questions to Understand What You Read. What Is the Reading About? The Topic. What Is the Author's Point About the Topic? The Main Idea. Location of the Topic Sentence: Anywhere. What Is the Proof for the Author's Main Idea? The Supporting Details. Major Versus Minor Details. The Thesis Statement of a Group of Paragraphs. Outlines and Visual Maps. Outlines. Concept Maps. Connect Your Skills. Chapter Summary Activity. Reading 4-1 Bringing an End to World Hunger Through Unimaginable Blessings (Website). Reading 4-2 The Civil Rights Movement (American Government Textbook).
5. Identifying the Implied Main Idea.
Read and Talk What Is a Food? What's in a Meal? (Food and Society Textbook). What Is an Implied Main Idea? Making Generalizations. Identifying the Implied Main Idea. Applying the Strategy to Paragraphs. Applying the Strategy to Longer Passages. Connect Your Skills. Chapter Summary Activity. Reading 5-1 Portion Control: Change Your Thinking or Your Plate? (Web Article). Reading 5-2 The Global Epidemic (Health Textbook).
6. Recognizing Patterns of Organization.
Read and Talk The Squint Test (Online Article). Predicting Paragraph Patterns. Examining Paragraph Patterns. Description: What Does This Look, Sound, Feel, Taste, and Smell Like? Narration: How Did That Happen? Process: What Steps Need to Occur, and in What Order? Cause-and-Effect: What Made This Happen? What Does This Lead To? Examples: What Are Examples of This General Idea? Comparison and Contrast: How Are These the Same? How Do They Differ? Definition: What Does This Mean? Classification: What Kinds Are There? Transition Words and the Patterns They Signal. Connect Your Skills. Chapter Summary Activity. Reading 6-1 Dark Bargains of the Global Economy (Nonfiction Book). Reading 6-2 Thou Shalt Covet What Thy Neighbor Covets (Web Article).
7. Reading and Taking Notes on Textbook Chapters.
Read and Talk Crow's-Feet and Smiles Sweet (Psychology Textbook). Applying the Reading Process to Textbooks. Forming Questions from Headings and Reading for the Answers. Annotating (Taking Marginal Notes) As You Read. Use Cornell Notes to Record Ideas. Learning Aids in Textbook Chapters. Chapter Outlines, Objectives, Focus Questions, or FAQs. Headings. Boxed Material or Sidebars. Review Questions or Self-Quiz. Chapter Summary. Connect Your Skills. Chapter Summary Activity. Reading 7-1 Exploring the Ingredients of Happiness (Psychology Textbook). Reading 7-2 Big Five Dimensions of Personality (Management Textbook).
8. Distinguishing Fact and Opinion.
9. Making Inferences.
10. Analyzing the Author's Tone.
11. Evaluating the Author's Reasoning and Evidence.
Casebook Applying Your Critical Reading Skills to Arguments.
A. A Guide to Reading Visuals.
B. A Guide to Reading Novels.
C. A Guide to Taking Tests.

New to this edition

  • REVISED Chapter 4 Finding the Main Idea describes a new method for helping students to recognize the main idea in a reading asking three questions for reading comprehension: What is the reading about? The topic. What is the author's point about the topic? The main idea. What is the proof for the main idea? The supporting details.
  • REVISED Chapter 5 Identifying the Implied Main Idea has been moved to directly follow after Chapter 4 about main ideas to address flow of concepts as many instructors teach the concept of implied main idea directly after main idea.
  • NEW Chapter 9 Making Inferences includes detailed coverage of what is a very difficult concept for students to understand--the subtlety of making an inference based on what you read.
  • NEW Part 4 Resource Guides provide specific suggestions for specialized reading situations, like A Guide to Reading Visuals, A Guide to Reading Novels, and A Guide to Taking Tests.
  • NEW Every chapter features at least one new reading to the second edition to keep students engaged with current topics and issues.
  • NEW Additional skill practice is available in every chapter with the Connect Your Skills feature where instructors can evaluate students' understanding of chapter skills. Across all the chapters, new Interactions have been added for further practice and many have been revised with new reading excerpts to remain current. End of chapter readings include additional vocabulary activities so that students can interact with new vocabulary from the readings and understand how to use the new terms.
  • REVISED Chapter Summary Activity feature now models the format of Cornell note taking to get students thinking about how to take effective notes on, as well as recalling key information from each chapter.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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