How to Read a Book

How to Read a Book

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Item #: 014902
ISBN: 9780671212094
Grades: 7-AD

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Why did nobody tell me about this book before now??? Even just the first few chapters lifted loads from my shoulders and helped me understand so much about my reading. Did you know that we read for three basic reasons? For entertainment, information and understanding. If reading for understanding is your goal, the author of this book will take you by the hand and open the world of books up for you. There are levels to reading which you will learn about: elementary (basic reading), inspectional (skimming systematically), analytical (best and most complete reading given an unlimited amount of time), and syntopical (comparative reading through many different sources). While focusing mainly on analytical reading, this book will encourage you to take your reading level beyond elementary, (which is where many people are stuck), and to progress on to the fantastic and ever so rewarding heights of the higher levels of reading. Then be taught techniques to reading different types of books including practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science, mathematics, philosophy and social sciences. Included in Appendix A is a list of recommended reading books. I would buy the whole book just for this list; it is that helpful! While moms and dads will also want to read this book, I think it will be particularly helpful for teens as well. Progressing through high school, studying for exams, getting my teeth into classics and learning about things which interest me would all have been enhanced had I read this book long ago! This 1940 classic by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren is now brought to you in a revised, updated, and expanded version. Enjoy and be stretched! 426 pgs, pb. ~ Genevieve

Category Description for Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle:

This text is by the same author and follows the same standards and format as Traditional Logic. Basically, it is a guided tour through Aristotle's Rhetoric, and you will need a copy of that book to complete the course. It covers the first two books of Aristotle's thoughts on writing and oratory, basically concerning the speaker and the audience. Those familiar with Aristotle will know that he valued content and quality of writing more than technique, and this study reflects that philosophy. It should be noted that this is not an introductory course on writing, but is meant to refine those skills that students should already have, for the specific purpose of persuasion. The book is well laid out and is designed so that students can be taught even by those with little experience with this topic. The course is designed to be consumable and will lead students every step of the way through a study on rhetoric over the course of a year. Tips on how teachers can grade the work and keep students accountable are included in the book. The first part of the course covers Book One of Aristotle's Rhetoric: "Rhetoric as it Concerns the Speaker." It starts with lessons on the scope and purpose of rhetoric and the definition and division of rhetoric.The rest of the speaker section is then divided into political, ceremonial, and forensic rhetoric, with several lessons per topic. The second part of the book then covers Book Two of Aristotle's Rhetoric: "Rhetoric as it Concerns the Audience". It then gives a basic introduction to Aristotle's views on the subject and gives lessons covering Pathos, Ethos, and Logos. The text includes several ways to test students and helps them to thoroughly review and understand the content. Reading Comprehension Questions are the main part of the course and are designed to help students glean as much from Aristotle's Rhetoric as possible by completing short answer questions. Evaluating Writing Assignments require that the student not only know what Aristotle said, but assess it on the basis of their own assumptions, which may differ from Aristotle's. Weekly Research and Writing Assignments are designed to apply the lessons the student has learned. Reading Lessons are made up of questions based on Mortimer Adler's How to Read a Book, which are designed to help the student fully understand what, how, and why Aristotle says what he does. Logic and Latin Review Questions are review questions related to Traditional Logic. Though that book is not a prerequisite for this course and these questions can be skipped, the author does recommend completing that before beginning this. Finally, there are Case Study Analyses focusing on four speeches, which are classic examples of the three kinds of speeches discussed by Aristotle. Each case study is accompanied by questions relevant to the section of Aristotle just covered. These are designed as models for the students to imitate in their own persuasive discourse. The user-friendly format and multiple-aspects of reviewing make this a very complete review and guide for Aristotle's Rhetoric. A Teacher Key can be purchased separately and provides detailed answers for the lessons and exercises.

Classroom DVDs are also available which offer verbal instruction on every aspect of the course along with helpful graphics slides that help to explain lesson content. Downloadable lecture slides to accompany the DVDs are available from Memoria Press. ~ Rachel S.

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Mortimer Adler
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Simon & Schuster
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It was suggested by Susan Wise Bauer
Kim T on Feb 2, 2023
we are schooling by Ambleside Online which lists this book for grade 3
Anna B on Jan 7, 2020
It was suggested by Susan Wise Bauer
Kim T on Feb 2, 2023
Seems like a great addition to out study of Language arts this year.
Kathleen K on Aug 7, 2021
we are schooling by Ambleside Online which lists this book for grade 3
Anna B on Jan 7, 2020
recommended by my curriculum, History Odyssey
Becky P on Aug 6, 2019
It was recommended by Introduction to Literature by Janice Campbell.
Karyn S. on Aug 22, 2018
Ambleside Online - 7th grade
Melissa F on Jan 1, 2018
It's part of the Ambleside Book list
Laura D on Sep 2, 2017
this book was recommended by teachers on the Ron Paul website
nicole f on Aug 16, 2017
Interesting topic... It is mostly chosen because of the detailed book description by Genevieve
Svetlana M on Oct 13, 2016
Recommended curriculum by St. Thomas Aquinas Academy.
Mary Lu R on Oct 3, 2016
Feels like I just read the 100th great review on this book and couldn't resist at Rainbow Resource prices!
Claudia E on Aug 12, 2016
I love this book! I've been reading a library copy, but I'm getting so much out of it that I need my own to underline and write notes in the margins.
User on Jun 11, 2016
Seems like a great addition to out study of Language arts this year.
Kathleen K on Aug 7, 2021
recommended by my curriculum, History Odyssey
Becky P on Aug 6, 2019
What year is the publication?
User on Feb 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We just purchased a new paperback version of this book from this site. Its copyright is 1940, renewed in 1967 and republished in 1972. This is a classic text. An outstanding book to aid both teachers of younger students, and for older, independent students.
I have an avid reader in 9th/10th grade this year that just completed 25-30 Classics this year with Sonlight 200. What age/grade would you recommend this book for and why?
Christy W on May 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I used this book for high school, and this is what my daughter suggested: "I would say high school age. It [the book] teaches you to recognize themes, characteristics of certain books and style of the author. You have to trace important parts of the book and how it all fits together to remember things better."
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