Among her textbooks are the top-selling New Worlds: An Introduction to College Reading and Opening Doors: Understanding College Reading.
Features common to the textbooks include:
||A scaffolded approach with full,
|| The recursive application of skills
|| The integration of reading and writing
||Extensive reading selections and excerpts that are relevant, timely, and help students expand their fund
of useful background knowledge
||Chapter Review Cards, a unique student-created summary of important chapter concepts and information
||Access, at no additional cost, to a dedicated
Online Learning Center (OLC) with supplemental resources for
students and instructors
||An Annotated Instructor’s Edition with
answers, teaching tips, resources, and an Instructor's Guide
||Optional customization of the reading selection in the last two chapters through McGraw-Hill’s Create™ ExpressBooks, which gives instructors the option of choosing any of seven full-length content area textbook chapters, along with an introduction, activities, and a 20-item quiz for each
||Available with Connect Reading, an online learning environment that identifies and addresses individual needs, offers the additional visual components today’s students expect, and provides progressive learning as students advance
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New Worlds: An Introduction to College Reading,
5th ed. © 2014
by Janet Elder (www.mhhe.com/newworlds)
A lower-to-intermediate full-color developmental reading text that
provides a solid introduction to basic comprehension skills, critical reading skills, critical thinking skills, and basic study skills. The text’s “comprehension core” (Chapters 3-9) targets the skills essential for understanding written material. Each chapter contains multiple sets of practice exercises. Chapter reading selections (three each in chapters 1-9) are drawn from a variety of content area textbooks and other material of the type that first-year college students might encounter. (Chapters 10 and 11 offer full-chapter selections from content area textbooks.) Extensive apparatus accompanies each reading selection.
RL: approximately 7th-9th grade
New to the Fifth Edition of New Worlds:
- More than 150 new and updated example and exercise paragraphs throughout the book.
- In Chapter 1, a new section that tells how to locate and evaluate online material.
- In Chapter 2, three additional Test Your Understanding vocabulary exercises, one each on using context clues, word-structure clues, and interpreting figurative language
- Seven new Checkpoint exercises, one each in chapters 3 through 9, to be sure students understand the chapter skills before they apply them in the Test Your Understanding exercises
- Eleven new reading selections with accompanying activities, exercises, and quizzes
- Nine updated chapter reading selections with accompanying activities, exercises, and quizzes
- In Chapter 10, all new examples of textbook chapter features
- In Chapter 10, expanded sections on interpreting visual aids, as well as new photographs and other visuals throughout the text
- Reading Skills and Competencies Chart, a comprehensive chart at the beginning of the text that enables instructors and students to quickly locate the instructional pages and related exercises for each skill. This facilitates targeted instruction, review, and preparation for standardized or state-mandated tests.
- Ten new Essential Skills Review Tests at the end of the book. These 10-item multiple-choice tests over short, multi-paragraph selections target a variety of reading skills. They can be used for practice, as homework, for extra credit, or as collaborative exercises.
- New Assignment Sheet and Progress Record. Located on the inside back cover, this score summary sheet allows students to record their scores and track their progress on the text’s assessment exercises, reading selections, and multiple-skills tests.
Doors: Understanding College Reading, 7th ed. © 2014
by Janet Elder and Joe Cortina (www.mhhe.com/openingdoors)
An intermediate, full-color text that provides a review of basic study skills as well as in-depth coverage of critical reading and thinking skills, including evaluating an author’s argument. Moreover, it provides in-depth coverage of study skills. Opening Doors features 29 full-length reading selections to which skills are recursively applied. The Reading Skills Application quizzes that accompany all reading selections provide additional practice, and they are especially valuable to students who must take state-mandated basic skills competency tests or exit tests. The text also contains a chapter feature entitled “Tips for Scoring Well on Standardized Tests.”
RL: approximately 9th-11th grade
New to the Seventh Edition of Opening Doors:
- Five new or updated full-length chapter reading selections
- Thirteen new single-paragraph Embedded Exercises in Chapters 4 through 9.Each is accompanied by open-ended, respond-in-writing exercises that provide immediate application of the chapter skills.
- Six new 5-question Checkpoint assessments, one each in Chapters 4 through 9. Multiple-choice exercises check students’ understanding of the skills presented in each chapter. Because Checkpoints target specific chapter skills, these easy-to-score activities provide additional practice and helpful feedback to both students and instructors.
- Ten new 10-item Essential Skills Review Tests at the end of the book. Each of these multiple-choice tests encompasses the vocabulary skills presented in Chapter 2 and the comprehension and critical reading skills presented in Chapters 4 through 9. This recursive review and/or assessment of essential skills allows students to strengthen and refine their skills, as well as see their progress. Tests can be assigned as homework or supplementa
- Six new 5-question Test Your Understanding comprehension exercises, one each in Chapters 4 through 9. These open-ended, respond-in-writing exercises target the skills presented in each chapter. Because these are open-ended, they simulate what s
- Updated Read More about This Topic Online sections at the beginning of each reading selection. These provide key search words that students can use to discover more about a topic. There is also a new section on conducting online searches and evaluating websites.
- New Reading Skills Competency Chart. This comprehensive, color-coded chart is conveniently located at the front of the text. It allows instructors and students to quickly locate specific reading, vocabulary, critical thinking skills, and study skills wherever they occur in the book. Specific competencies can be easily accessed for targeted instruction, review, and preparation for standardized or state-mandated tests.
- New Assignment Sheet and Progress Record. Located on the inside back cover, this score summary sheet allows students to record their scores and track their progress on the text’s exercises, reading selections, and multiple-skills tests.