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Novel Strategies

By Chae Sweet

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Dec 21, 2011


Chae Sweet's Novel Strategies: Developing Reading Effectiveness with Literature presents popular literary works to allow students to learn and apply their reading skills in the context of fiction and non-fiction.

Table of Contents

Part 1  The Strategies   


Chapter 1 Starting Strategies

The Importance of Context                                                                                                                                        

         The Reading Context

         The Reading Material

 Key Term Review -- Multiple Choice Quiz

 Strategies in Action

         Superman and Me, by Sherman Alexie

         Learning Styles: Different Strokes for Different Folks, by S. Ciccarelli and N. White


Chapter 2  Active Reading Strategies

Textbook Active Reading Strategies


        Exercise 2.1 – “Technology, Transportation, and Communication”

 Literature Active Reading Strategies


         Background Check

         Making Connections


        Exercise 2.2

 Universal Active Reading Strategy


        Exercise 2.3 – “A Story I’ll Tell You When You’re Big”

 Key Term Review

 Strategies in Action

         The Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin

         Building Safe Schools for Girls in War Zones, by Anna Helrine


Chapter 3 Vocabulary Strategies                                                                                                                                   

Using Context Clues


        Exercise 3.1 


        Exercise 3.2


        Exercise 3.3

        Exercise 3.4

          General Sense

        Exercise 3.5


        Exercise 3.6

 Using Word Parts




        Exercise 3.7

 Using Dictionary Definitions

         Parts of speech

         Multiple definitions

        Exercise 3.8

 Vocabulary Strategies Review

         Combined Practice 1

         Combined Practice2

Key Term Review

Strategies in Action

         Learning to Read and Write, by Frederick Douglass

         The Ways We Lie, by Stephanie Ericsson


Chapter 4 Comprehension Strategies: Main Ideas                                                                                                    

Identifying Topics

Identifying Main Ideas

         Stated Main Ideas

        Exercise 4.1

        Exercise 4.2

         Implied Main Ideas

        Exercise 4.3

        Exercise 4.4

        Exercise 4.5

Identifying Central Points

Identifying Topics & Main Ideas in Context

        Exercise 4.6

        Exercise 4.7

        Exercise 4.8

        Exercise 4.9

Key Term Review

Chapter 4 Strategy Quiz

         Reading: Books and Social Change

Strategies in Action

         What I’ve Learned From Men, by Barbara Ehrenreich

         The Men We Carry in Our Minds, by Scott Russell Sanders


Chapter 5 Comprehension Strategies: Supporting Details

Understanding Supporting Details

         Major Details

         Minor Details
Identifying Supporting Details in Narratives

Identifying Supporting Details in Expository Writing

Using Supporting Details to Find Main Ideas

         Exercise 5.1

         Exercise 5.2

         Exercise 5.3

Chapter 5 Strategy Quiz

         Reading: We Ate the Children Last

Key Term Review

Strategies in Action

         The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe

         The CSI Effect, by Kit Roane


Chapter 6 Writing About Reading                                                                                                                                 

 Writing About Reading



         Writing Connections

         Thematic Links

 Strategies in Action

         Student Obesity Linked to Proximity to Fast-food Outlets, by Jerry Hirsch

         Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility, by Bovee, Thill and Mescon


Chapter 7 Critical Reading Strategies

Making Connections

         Identifying Patterns of Development

         Identifying Relationships

         Transitional Phrases and Signal Words

        Exercise 7.1

         Identifying Narrative Conventions

         Connecting Ideas

        Exercise 7.2

 Making Inferences

         Making Inferences

         Drawing Conclusions

        Exercise 7.3

         Making Predictions

 Chapter 7 Strategy Quiz

         Reading: The Palmist

 Key Term Review - Multiple Choice Quiz

Strategies in Action

         Seeing the World Whole, by Natasha Singh

         Edison and the Electric Industry, by Cross and Szostak


Chapter 8 Critical Thinking Strategies                                                                                                                        

 The Author’s Strategies


        Pattern of development

        Publishing medium

        Writing style and focus





         Exercise 8.1

         Exercise 8.2

 Evaluating Arguments


        Author’s credibility

        Balance of facts and opinions

        Timeliness of information

         Point of View

        Objectivity – Subjectivity range


        Language Choices


         Exercise 8.3

 Chapter 8 Strategy Quiz

         Reading: Inventive Ways to Land a Cool Job

 Key Term Review – Multiple Choice Quiz

Strategies in Action

         Student Abuse of Prescription Drugs on Rise, by Allison Loudermilk

         On the Threshold, by Mike Rose


Part 2  Short Readings                                                                                                                

1.       Graywolf: A Romance (fiction)

2.       Accountability and Workplace Relationships (textbook selection)

3.       Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin (nonfiction)

4.       When Journalists Get It Wrong (nonfiction)

5.       Global Wealth: Three Worlds (textbook selection)

6.       The Lesson (fiction)

7.       The Peculiar Institution (textbook selection)

8.       The Icing on the Cake (nonfiction)

9.       What’s in It for Me? Why Friendship Matters (textbook selection)

10.    Hurricane Katrina: A Man-Made Disaster (nonfiction)

11.    The Pied Piper of Brooklyn (fiction)


Part 3  The Reading Guide                                                                                                                                                       

Book 1: Listening Is an Act of Love, edited by David Isay

Book 2: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Frederick Douglass

Book 3: The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Book 4: The Color of Water, James McBride

Book 5: Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin


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