Reading Themes and Skillscontains original engaging readings designed to help intermediate students develop stronger academic reading skills and build American cultural literacy. The textbook's introduction reviews the parts of speech and vocabulary. Each chapter ofReading Themes and Skillsfeatures pre-reading activities that develop skills like predicting and building background knowledge. The chapter readings are linked by theme and followed by reading strategies and skills: Skill Studyscanning, making inferences, reading for details, finding main ideas, and understanding voice and audience Grammar in Contextreview and practice of specific grammar points Focus on Parts of Speechreview of each part of speech Theme Studydiscussion and vocabulary activities that deepen understanding of the theme and reading passages. Each unit closes with vocabulary activities that reinforce the words practiced.Altano, Brian is the author of 'Reading Themes and Skills A Skills-based American Culture Reader', published 2007 under ISBN 9780472030712 and ISBN 047203071X.