Introduction: How to Read College Level Material 
Success in College Reading
Reading for Comprehension
Beginning with Words
Why Vocabulary Is Important
Learn Words in Context, Not in Lists
Using the Dictionary
Guessing at Meanings If You Do Not l
Build Your Vocabulary by Using Word
Roots of Words

Strategies for Reading
Study the Sub-Headings
Paragraphs: the Opening Sentence
The Structure of the Paragraph
The Relationship of Paragraphs

Higher Level Strategies
Intensify Your Alertness
Reading Awareness
Reading Goals
Regulating Your Reading
The SQ3R Reading Technique

Using the Testing Material
Retention Questions
Inferences and Main Ideas
Application Questions
Vocabulary Questions

Readings in Antropology, Ecology, and Survival

 1. The Winter Buffalo Hunt, Gene Weltfish
 2. The Most Important Day, Helen Keller
 3. The Souks, Elias Canetti
 4. Iron Bars turn a Victim Into a Prisoner, Richard GallIgan
 5. "Let the Bones Talk" Is the Watchword for Scientist Sleuths, Elizabeth Royte
 6. The Face of Beauty, Diane Ackerman
 7. Requiem for a Heavyweight, Jim Merritt
 8. Lost Tribes, Lost Knowlege, Eugene Linden

Harcourt College Publishers, 2001

In its seventh edition for college reading courses

This widely used text takes as its basic premise a respect for the intelligence of students who take a course to improve their reading skills. The selections are all chosen on the basis of their importance and high interest level. They are presented in progress levels of difficulty with exercise material following that can be used in any number of ways. The exercises are designed to be flexible and thorough. They test vocabulary, retention of important details, understanding of the main point, and the student's ability to draw inferences from the reading.


Readings in Sociology
 9. Hair, Malcolm X
 10. House Opposite, R. K. Narayan
 11. Facing Up to Change, Isaac Azimov
 12. On the Fear of Death, Elisbeth Kubler-Ross
 13. Culture Clash: African-Americans in the Arts, 
Farai Chideya
 14. Love and Marriage in China, Alice P Lin
 15. Mexican Masks, Octavio Paz

Readings in Science

16. The Brown Wasps, Loren Eiseley
17. The Creative Mind, J. Bronowski
18. Gray Matters, Sharon Begley
19. In the Beginning, Harold Morowitz
20. Why Chimpanzees Do Not Talk, Norbert Wiener
21. How Did They Discover Radium?, Caroline Sutton
22. Galaxies, James Trefil
23. Why Is It Like Something to Be Alive?, Robert Wright
24. Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs, Stephen Jay Gould 

Readings from Popular First Year Textbooks

25. A Senator's Life (Political Science), Fred R. Harris
26. Culture (Anthropology), Robert F. Murphy
27. Elements of Culture (Sociology), Donald Light, Jr., Suzanne Keller
28. The Brain, (Biology) Cecie Starr, Ralph Taggart
29. Hypnosis,  (Psychology) Rita Atkinson, Richard Atkinson, Edward Smith, Ernest Hilgard
30. Gender and Language, (Language Studies) Ronald B. Adler, Neil Towne
31. The Nature of Fascism, (History) Stanley G. Payne
32. The Economist as Policymaker, (Economics) N. Gregory Mankiw