This high-level developmental reader focuses on reading flexibility and how to analyze different genres of writing. Students learn different strategies for approaching textbooks, magazines, newspapers, and other genres. After a basic review of comprehension and critical-reading skills, the text introduces four units of thematically linked readings. Each reading is accompanied by a description of its specific features and some appropriate responses to those features. Readings that center on two or three related issues encourage students to develop informed opinions--allowing them to shape and revise their opinions as they receive, evaluate, and synthesize opposing points of view.