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


  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. Looking for Errors in Reasoning

Tutorial: Fact and Opinion
          Run as online quiz


  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)

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.)

Links to useful reading sites

Last change made to this page: July 19, 2021

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