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How the Language Really Works:
The Fundamentals of Critical Reading and Effective Writing



I Know What It Says...What Does It Mean?
Critical Skills for Critical Reading

Daniel Kurland


12 Wadsworth Publishing

NOTE: The book is now out of print.

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Paperbound 1995
320 pages
Dimensions: 6 3/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN/ISSN: 0-534-24486-6
Price: US $24.95, UK 18.95, Canada $34.95

This renegade book is a breath of fresh air for students who need to develop basic skills, but do not require remedial training. It contains a variety of timely readings and examples designed to capture students' interest as they learn to read critically.

  • Provocative articles covering issues such as gays in the military and the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Exercises that appear throughout each chapter.
  • Key points that are highlighted in boxes for easy reference.
  • An appendix on ''Resources on Critical Reading.''
  • Exercises that appear throughout each chapter.
  • Key points that are highlighted in boxes for easy reference.
  • An appendix on ''Resources on Critical Reading.''
Table of Contents

Preface.

         Introduction.

         Section 1: Reading: An Active, Reflective, Problem-Solving Activity.

1. Analysis--Making the Complex Simple.

2. Prior Knowledge and Meaning--The Art of Controlled Inference.

3. I Know What It Says, But What Does It Mean?--Inferring Meaning.

         Section 2: Critical Reading of a Text as a Whole.

5. The Text as Portrayal--Choices.

6. A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose. or Is It?--What Examples Are Examples Of.

7. ''Know That We Have Divided Into Three Our Kingdom ''--Identifying Analytic Parts.

8. Inferring Meaning from Relationships--Inference Equations.

9. Freedom Fighters or Terrorists?--The Choice of Language.

10. ''Authoritative Sources Said . . . ''--Invoking Belief and Acceptance.

11. Critical Thinking--Going Beyond an Interpretation.

         Section 3: Tactics and Techniques--Putting It All Together.

12. Restatement, Description, and Interpretation--A Review.

13. Sample Analyses.

         Texts For Analysis.

I. Contrasts. A. The Ku Klux Klan. B. The Assassination of Malcolm X. C. Gays and the Military. D. A Question of Ethics.

II. Petitions, Arguments and Pleas.

III. Contemporary Issues.

         Appendixes: Resources for Critical Reading.

1. Outlining.

2. The General/Specific Relationship.

3. The Role Model of Paragraph Structure.

4. The Descriptive Model of Paragraph Structure.

5. The Relationship Model of Paragraph Structure.

6. Logic and Statistics. Notes. Index.


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