Reading for Thinking: Additional Material

Syllabi and Exams

7th edition:

Syllabus (.pdf file)

Syllabus (html version)
together with suggestions and explanations

6th edition:

Syllabus (.pdf file)

Suggestions and Explanations

To get a mid-term or final for Reading for Thinking, you can contact me or speak to your Cengage representative about getting an access code to the companion web site.


  1. Reviewing Comprehension Skills
  2. Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion
  3. Drawing Conclusions
  4. Determining Purpose
  5. Recognizing Purpose
  6. Identifying Tone
  7. Identifying Tone
  8. Purpose, Tone, and Figurative Language
  9. Analyzing Arguments
  10. Looking for Errors in Reasoning

Tutorial: Fact and Opinion
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Links to useful reading sites


  1. Ten Allusions Common to Writers
  2. Word List and Definitions Introduced in Chapters 1-10 (7th ed.) (.pdf file )
  3. Thirteen Illogical Arguments
  4. Glossary of Key Terms (.pdf file)

Power Points

I have created chapter-specific Power Points for the 7th edition of Reading for Thinking. However, the Power Points, particularly for the first chapters, are easily adapted for the 6th edition. Please contact me or your Cengage representative if you are interested in using them with either edition.

Exercises for Specific Skills

  1. Drawing Conclusions
  2. Recognizing Patterns
  3. Drawing the Appropriate Inference
  4. Fact Versus Opinion in Textbooks
  5. Understanding Allusions
  6. New: Practice with Outlining
    Printable pdf file. Answer keys are in the Instructor's Manual (8th ed.)

NEW: Flashcards for Critical Reading Terms

appear at Go to "reading instruction" under R if the link does not take you there. Just be aware that because the flashcards are free, the interaction is not smooth. You have to flip the flashcard twice—to the definition and then back again—in order to make the cards move in the correct sequence.

Last change made to this page: March 4, 2014

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