|About the Series|
The Skilled Reader for the first reading course
This series of skills-based textbooks, written by D.J. Henry of Daytona Beach Community College, features plentiful opportunities for students to practice individual and combined reading skills on high-interest passages from both textbooks and popular sources. Basic reading comprehension and vocabulary skills are addressed, and critical reading skills are introduced in careful step-by-step fashion.
The Henry series focuses students attention on how their skills apply to reading college textbooks. The books also emphasize the importance of visuals, in addition to text, as valuable sources of information. Students are asked to respond to visuals throughout the series in Visual Vocabulary features. The Lab Manual, whose print component is bound into the back of the book, offers 52 activities designed to provide additional practice and enrichment for all the topics in each book. Students begin their Lab Activities in the book and then can finish them in the Lab Manual Online. Thus students are guided to incorporate technology as a learning tool and become more familiar with reading on the Web.
About the Author
D. J. Henry is a veteran teacher with over 20 years of community college classroom experience. Currently, she a full time Associate Professor of English with Daytona Beach Community College, where she has taught since 1995. In addition, she serves as the Curriculum Revision Director for the colleges Academic Success Center, a federally funded professional development initiative designed to infuse teaching and learning with sound pedagogies and technological supports. Mrs. Henry has extensive experience in the standardized testing of literacy competencies. She has worked with State of Florida since1982 as an item writer, rubric writer, and reader for the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) and the State Developmental Reading Exit Exam. She has also served as a reader for the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) for over 15 years. Mrs. Henry has several prior publications, including Thinking Through the Test, Longman, a study guide for the State Developmental Reading Exit Exam in Florida. She has also published innovations in authentic assessments that utilize student portfolio pedagogies. Currently, in the pursuit of globalizing literacy skills, Ms. Henry serves as assistant to the Chair of the Eastern European Committee of the Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) organization.
About the Lab Manual Author
Susan Pongratz graduated from The College of William and Mary with a B.A in English and M.A in Education. In addition to teaching developmental reading classes at Thomas Nelson Community College and co-coordinating the Verizon Reading Center there, she supervised student teachers for several years at Christopher Newport University. Since completing the Eastern Virginia Writing Project in 2002, she now serves as a teaching consultant, strongly espousing the philosophy of the reading/writing connection.